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Shannon S.
Houston, Texas
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
beginning through intermediate. all ages.
About Shannon S.

AFFILIATIONS: Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA. Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC. -------------- MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs. Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently founder, CEO, and Principal Flute of the Texas Chamber Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights. Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges,and is currently Applied Instructor of Music at Jessup University and retired Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She has served the College Music Society South-Central as Regional President, vice-president, and newsletter editor; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club, after retiring as president and other positions. And she was also the newsletter editor for the Upper Mid-west flute associate, and board member of other organizations. Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors. Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award. Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises. Her primary sports growing up were track, gymnastics, and cycling. *** Lesson Details *** I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :) I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit! *** Specialties *** Classical, jazz ---------------------------------- FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and running / multisport (swim/bike/run) coach for 15 years. She is a sponsored athlete, and a 2018 World Championship Qualifier and Participant in Denmark, representing Team USA, and has also placed in her age group at numerous endurance events. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).


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Very attentive to focus on areas that I need improvement and suggested exercises for me to practice.

Posted Oct 1, 2021
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Shannon has worked with me for years, as my nutrition/fitness/strength trainer and my private music instructor! I love her! She is so patient, kind and knowledgeable. She cares and only wants to help me be better at everything I do! And she is always there to help even between sessions. She's all in!

Posted Jul 8, 2021
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Sharon takes time to listen to you and cares about you as a person as much as a student. She has been knowledgeable on any instrument I have done lessons on (flute, clarinet, alto sax, cello, and violin).

Posted Jul 7, 2021
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President / CEO, Flutist / Oboist
Jun 2019 - Present
Texas Chamber Symphony (formerly Pearland Chamber Orchestra)
A new Orchestra in the midst! As our community has grown an orchestra was much needed, so we answered the call. Our concert debut is December 21st, 2019, and we are excited! Our mission: Quality, Character, Community.
Applied Woodwind Instructor - Distance Learning (Off Campus Instructor)
Sep 2018 - Present
William Jessup University
I am presently on faculty teaching applied woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), through a distance learning platform. I am very excited about this position because the world of higher education has been slow to embrace online lessons, even though they have been embracing online academic courses for some time now. Jessup is carving the way to better things, and I am very excited to be a part of an institution moving univ. applied music forward!
Personal Fitness Trainer
Jan 2010 - Present
Leigh Enterprises
trainer / coach
Principal Flute / piccolo
Sep 2005 - Present
Baytown Symphony Orchestra
orchestral musician
Owner / professor / musician / fitness-athletic-nutritional trainer/coach.
Jan 1984 - Present
Private Enterprises
Flute / Piccolo / Alto Flute / Oboe / English Horn / Saxophone
Sep 1982 - Present
Various orchestras and musical theatre since 1982
Orchestral musician
Adjunct Professor of Music
Jan 2003 - Aug 2013
Brazosport College
teach studio woodwind lessons, fundamentals of music, class piano, music appreciation, introduction to music literature, woodwind ensemble, chamber music workshop, traditional and online course formats. created online courses / format. Adjunct Faculty Committee Member. College Music Society Campus Representative. My position was deleted due to financial cutbacks.
Flute / Oboe studio instructor
Sep 2001 - May 2005
Houston Community College - Central
teach studio flute and oboe lessons.
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Sep 2000 - May 2011
Lee College
teach studio woodwind lessons, fundamentals of music, music appreciation, introduction to music literature, woodwind ensemble. College Music Society Campus Representative.
Principal Flute
Sep 2000 - May 2005
Pasadena Philharmonic
orchestral musician
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Aug 1994 - May 2000
Rochester College
teach studio woodwind lessons. College Music Society Campus Representative.
Flute / piccolo / oboe
Aug 1993 - Jun 2000
Winona Symphony Orchestra
orchestral musician
Musician: Piccolo, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Jan 1995 - Dec 1997
Army Reserve - Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Perform for events and ceremonies over a tri-state area for all service branches with administrative duties.
Jan 1996 - Dec 1999
Univ of MN
BS-Music business
Sep 1991 - Dec 1995
Winona State Univ
Aug 1982 - Dec 1987
Univ of MO-KC, Winona State Univ
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Exercise Therapy
Dec 2014
The Exercise Therapy Certification specializes in clients discharged from prescriptive medical care with the need to undergo a supervised fitness therapy program, specifically designed around their condition.
Personal Trainer
Dec 2010
2010, recertifications 2012, 2015
Emergency Oxygen
Feb 2010
Aerobic Training
Jan 1996
CPR Pro / 1st Responder
Jan 1980
CPR. Certified with multiple institutions since 1980 Red Cross, Army, ASHI, ISSA. 1980, 1994, 1996, 2010, 2014
First Aid / triage
Jan 1980
certified with multiple institutions since 1980. Red Cross, Army, ASHI. 1980, 1994, 1996, 2010, 2014
City of Pearland Certificate of Recognition
Dec 2019
Mayor Tom Reid
Redman Half Ironman Distance 70.3 Triathlon
Sep 2018
2nd place age group
2018 ITU Aquathlon World Championships - Odense, Denmark
Jul 2018
USAT Aquathlon National Championships
Jun 2017
Qualified for ITU World Championships; Odense, Denmark
Playtri Festival International Distance Triathlon
Jun 2014
Keep On Truckin Ultra Marathon (50k)
Jan 2012
Keep On Truckin Race
Redman Ironman distance Triathlon Race
Sep 2011
Redman Triathlon
Edwin Mellen Book/Recital Contract
Oct 2010
Edwin Mellen Pub
Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award winner
Jan 1996
Vivian Menees Nelson Foundation
American Federation of Musicians
May 1995
WSU music foundation scholarships
Sep 1982
Winona Symphony Orchestra
Houston Racing Triathlon Club
Jul 2011
Houston Racing Triathlon Club “HRTC” is Houston’s oldest and largest Triathlon Club. HRTC serves to educate the beginner triathlete while providing a substantial social and training network for experienced triathletes. We hold monthly meetings, offer an annual sprint distance triathlon and support members at various local triathlons by providing a Club Tent for pre and post race relaxation and refreshments.
Lake Charles Triathletes
Apr 2005
Lake Charles Triathletes are dedicated to helping beginner traithletes in southwest Louisiana. Our T-gator race series has helped many first time racers learn and perfect the sport of triathlon.
North American Saxophone Alliance
Jan 2000
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.
Houston Flute Club
Apr 1999
The purpose and goal of the Houston Flute Club is to cultivate, promote, sponsor, and develop among its members and the general public the appreciation of the flute and flute music through performance, education, and exposure to all varieties of flute-related activities, while providing an encouraging environment for flutists of every level.
International Clarinet Association
Jan 1999
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.
College Music Society, The
Jan 1993
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
American Federation of Musicians
Jan 1993
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
International Double Reed Society
Jan 1990
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.
National Flute Association
Sep 1982
The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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