received her BM in cello performance and pedagogy from Indiana University in 2001, where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Following her studies at Indiana, Shannon moved to New York City and performed with many local artists, including jazz guitarists Buckey Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli, actress and singer Jessica Molaskey, and folk singer Judy Collins. She also played with small, classical ensembles throughout the city. She was a regular performer with Ephraim’s Harp, a vocal and instrumental ensemble led by composer and conductor Lisa DeSpain, dedicated to the study and performance of early American folk hymns. Shannon has also played with ensembles throughout Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Indiana, and in New York City, Cairo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Amman, and Montreal.
Prior to her studies at Indiana University, Shannon’s primary teachers were Hamilton Cheifetz, Roger Drinkall, and Robert Hladky. She has performed in masterclasses for Emilio Colon, Helga Winold, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at Indiana, and has studied and played in masterclasses with cellists Roland Pidoux, Philippe Muller, Timothy Eddy, Janos Starker, Anthony Elliott, Alan Harris, and Gordon Epperson, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio, the Ying String Quartet, and the Orion String Quartet.
Between her private studio and her faculty position at Brigham Young University, Shannon teaches a lively and talented group of over 50 young cellists in Utah Valley. When she is not teaching cello, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband Jonathan, their three energetic boys, and their two gigantic Bernese Mountain Dogs.