Jennifer Gunn• Northwestern University
• Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musical Instrument: Piccolo
Hailed for her “virtuosic poise” and as “a dazzling piccolo virtuoso”, Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed to the position of Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Daniel Barenboim in 2005. Since joining the CSO, she has been active in many areas of the organization – including the MusicNow Series, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Dream Out Loud Music Education Advocacy Campaign – and has accompanied Maestro Muti on multiple occasions to the Chicago Juvenile Centers.
Equally at home on the flute or the piccolo, Jennifer Gunn has been featured as a soloist with the orchestra on many occasions. She made her flute solo debut under the direction of Ludovic Morlot on the orchestra’s MusicNow series, playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes in 2007. One year later, she made her piccolo debut under the direction of Harry Bicket, playing Vivaldi’s C Major Concerto RV443 on the CSO’s subscription series. In March of 2019, Jennifer Gunn was featured as piccolo soloist under the direction of Music Director Maestro Muti playing Vivaldi’s C major Concerto RV444 and also playing the CSO premiere of Ken Benshoof’s Concerto in Three Movements for Piccolo and Orchestra.
In demand as a clinician, Jennifer Gunn has taught master classes around the world including a regular summer class at Orford Music in Canada. She is a frequent guest at universities around the country, teaching flute and piccolo masterclasses at Carnegie Hall, at the University of Texas Butler School of Music, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and is now a lecturer at Northwestern University.
Jennifer Gunn holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University (PA), where she studied with Robert Langevin and Rhian Kenny. She had additional studies at the University of Akron (OH) with George Pope and Mary Kay Robinson.
Jennifer Gunn is married to Jonathan Gunn, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Texas Butler School of Music.