and saxophonist Shannon Ford has been active as a musical freelancer and
private teacher, both classical and jazz styles, in the Toledo, OH area since
1991. In addition to her work as principal clarinetist of both the Adrian (MI)
and Lima (OH) Symphony Orchestras, she has enjoyed engagements with the Toledo
Opera, Windsor (ONT) Symphony, and Michigan Opera Theatre, and performs frequently
with the Toledo Symphony.
work on clarinet includes the LSO woodwind quintet, Quint-Essential Players, Mirepoix
(a flute, clarinet and piano trio) and recorded with the chamber clarinet
ensemble, Toledo Clarinets (eponymous
title, Cambria CD1190). As a saxophonist, she has performed - both
throughout the Midwest and internationally - and recorded with the saxophone
quartet Sax 4th Avenue (Delusions de Grandeur, AMP Rec 02), John
Sampen (Shadows and Dawning, Troy
526), and recorded both of Alec Wilder’s Suites for Tenor Saxophone and Strings
with The Alec Wilder Project
(eponymous title, Riverview Records RR001).
a woodwind doubler she has worked shows with the national tours of Porgy and Bess, West Side Story, Chicago,
Evita, Hairspray, The Producers,
Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked (among others), as well as such
notable artists as Harry Connick, Jr., Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, J. J.
Johnson, Joel Grey, Clark Terry, and Ray Charles.
ensemble work on saxophone has included the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Toledo
Symphony, and the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra. Shannon is a teacher of
Clarinet and Saxophone at Adrian College (MI), teacher of Saxophone at the
University of Toledo, and has performance degrees from Bowling Green State
University and Indiana State University. Her teachers include Ron Samuels, John
Sampen, and Harry Gee.