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She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, and in her spare time, enjoys singing and performing in theatrical and vocal productions. She is a local National Anthem singer and performs it several times a season at Lookouts games. She is married and has a 14-year old daughter and two adult stepchildren, and recently became a grandmother.
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She holds a Master of Music in Music Education, as well as the Administration and Supervision Endorsement, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ms. Allison is a current or former member of International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees-Local#140, Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Handbell Choir, City of Chattanooga Public Arts Committee, and Delta Omicron Music Sorority.
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Eric has been Principal Bassoonist of the CSO Orchestra and Bassoonist of the CSO Wind Quintet since 1996. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for Post Graduate work where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In addition to playing Principal Bassoon with the CSO, he currently plays Third/Contrabassoon with the Alabama Symphony.
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Rebekah holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelors degree in Trust & Wealth Management from Campbell University. In her spare time, she practices calligraphy and is learning how to play the banjo. She and her husband have two cats and enjoy attending all types of concerts and sporting events together.
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In addition to performing as a member of the viola section, Megan Chisom serves as the CSO’s music librarian.
A native of Dallas, Texas, violist Megan Chisom began studying the violin at the age of six in a public school Suzuki strings program. Since agreeing to “try on” the viola at the age of twelve, she has performed across the United States as a chamber and orchestral musician. She joined the CSO in 2013. In recent years, Megan has performed as chamber music artist-in-residence at Piedmont College, principal viola of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and as a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, in addition to serving on the faculty of Erskine College as instructor of violin and viola. She joined the faculty of Lee University in the Fall of 2015 as instructor of viola, and began teaching viola at Chattanooga State Community College in 2016.
With wide-ranging repertoire interests, Megan is a frequent collaborator in chamber music performances throughout the Southeast, in addition to keeping an active solo and orchestral performance schedule. In 2011, she toured Italy as principal viola of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble with which she has recorded extensively on the Phoenix USA label. She is a trained music therapist, as well as a Suzuki-trained violin and viola teacher.
Megan is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in viola performance from the University of Georgia, with a doctoral minor in music theory.
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Over the past thirty-five years, he has taught both bands and orchestras in Texas and Tennessee. Currently, he is the orchestra teacher at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Gary is proudly beginning his twenty-first year as the music director of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestras and the conductor of the Chattanooga Youth Symphony.
Gary has professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, American String Teacher’s Association, National School Orchestra Association, International Double Reed Society, Tennessee Education Association, Hamilton County Education Association, and the American Federation of Musicians – Local 80. He recently completed a six-year tenure on the Executive Board of Directors with the Tennessee Music Education Association and is also past President of the Tennessee chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. He also holds membership in the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity, and was recently honored as one of Tennessee’s outstanding teachers by the Board of the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is Director of Music at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He is proud to be a husband to Lisa and Dad to Richard, Michael, Kathryn, Karen and Olivia.
Sandy is also Conductor of the UTC Symphony Orchestra, Music Director for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Assistant Conductor and flutist for the Chattanooga Community Orchestra and the Chattanooga Area Flute Society. She also plays flute in Grace Notes, a trio that plays at area hospitals, churches, and senior centers. She was formerly Director of Strings and Music Theory at Center for Creative Arts and is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and arranger. She has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and by Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Sandy is a member of National Association for Music Education, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, National Education Association, MacDowell Music Club, and Sigma Alpha Iota as well as former State Orchestra Chair and All-State Orchestra Chair for the Tennessee Music Educators Association. She enjoys spending her free time with her best friend and husband Ron as well as with son Michael and his family.
Amy Shannon is a CSOYO alumni and is thrilled to serve as Interim Conductor of the Prelude and Etude Orchestras this year. She is a native Chattanoogan and holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has over 20 years of professional musical experience as a music educator, mentor, and performer. Since 1997 she has been teaching private cello lessons to beginner, intermediate and advanced students throughout the Southeast. She started ten new elementary string programs in the Orlando, Florida area. While teaching in Florida, she was awarded the Music Demonstration School Award by FMEA,became a mentor to first year teachers, and was in charge of designing orchestra programs for the entire county. After moving back to Chattanooga she began string programs at Nolan and Thrasher elementary schools and began teaching orchestra at Signal Mountain Middle High School. Her orchestra performed at many community functions, venues, and performed at the state capitol. During this time, she was master teacher of the String Project at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was a member of ETSBOA and TMEA.
Currently, she teaches an after school elementary strings program at Boyd- Buchanan Elementary School, maintains a private cello studio at Mccallie and in the Hixson area, teaches at music camps and masterclasses in many Chattanooga area schools. She is a founding member of Somersault String Ensemble and performs throughout Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Amy is a member of The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Cadek Community Orchestra, and a sub with the Chattanooga Symphony. Amy is married to her best friend , Tyler, and is a mom to three sons, Owen, Tanner, and Blake.
Stephanie joined the CSO as Youth Orchestras Manager in January of 2018. Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree in Public Relations at the University of Georgia, where she also studied oboe with Dr. John Corina and marched in the Redcoat Band. Since moving with her family from Atlanta to Chattanooga in 2000, she has worked as a school library assistant in an elementary school, led a Girl Scout troop for 7 years, and directed a youth drama team for 15 years. In 2013 she graduated from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute and also founded the East Brainerd Community Theater, where she directs and produces full-length plays and musicals. Stephanie loves working with young people, and is excited to help provide student musicians with a wonderful orchestral experience in the CSOYO.