Amy Shannon

Amy Shannon—Cello

Amy Shannon is a native Chattanoogan and holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has more than 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 10 new elementary string programs in the Orlando, Florida area. While teaching in Florida, she was awarded the Music Demonstration School Award by Florida Music Educators Association, 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 East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association and Tennessee Music Educators Association.

Currently, she teaches an after-school elementary strings program at Boyd Buchanan School, teaches for the Chattanooga Symphony strings in schools, maintains a private cello studio, teaches master classes at Baylor School, and 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, North Carolina, and Alabama. Shannon is a member of The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Cadek Community Orchestra, and a sub with the Chattanooga Symphony. She is the Chattanooga Youth Symphony Orchestra Prelude and Etude Conductor. 

Amy Shannon is married to her best friend, Tyler, and is a mom to three sons, Owen, Tanner, and Blake, and her dog Darcy.