Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed to the position of Piccolo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Daniel Barenboim in 2005. Since joining the CSO, she has been active in the orchestra’s contemporary music series MusicNow, youth programs, and has been a coach for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In addition to playing in the CSO, she has been a regular guest artist with Dempster Street Pro Musica, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Music of the Baroque orchestra. Prior to joining the CSO, Ms. Gunn has been a member of the Louisville Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with various other orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.
Jennifer Gunn made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May of 2008 playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major, RV 443. She has also been a featured soloist on the MusicNow series, playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes and has recently shared the CSO stage with her colleagues for Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5.
During her time away from the CSO, Ms. Gunn has enjoyed participating in various music festivals including the Arizona Music Festival, the St. Barts Music Festival, the Sunflower Music Festival and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs. In addition to performing away from home, she teaches flute and piccolo in the summer at Orford Music in Canada.
Ms. Gunn is a native of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, where she studied with Robert Langevin and Rhian Kenny. Her other teachers have included George Pope, Mary Kay Robinson, and Mary Hannigan.