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Hanna Sterba maintains an active freelance career and private teaching studio in Chicago. She can be heard performing orchestral, chamber, and solo performances throughout the city.

For the 2017-2018 Season, Hanna holds a one-year position with Lyric Opera of Chicago playing bassoon and contrabassoon. She has previously held positions with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony. Additionally, she enjoys a varied career as a substitute musician, having played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Michigan Opera Theatre, among many others.

Hanna has performed with several prominent music festivals both in the United States and abroad, including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bellingham Festival of Music, Cayman Arts Festival in the Caribbean, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, Kent/Blossom Music, and Le Domaine Forget.

With a passion for arts education, Hanna holds the position of Instructor of Applied Bassoon at Loyola University Chicago and is a member of the chamber music faculty with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. She is a founding member of Tempest Winds, a chamber ensemble currently providing free educational videos on YouTube as part of The Yellow Book Project.

Hanna is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was the recipient of the 2006 George F. Goslee prize in bassoon recognizing outstanding artistry. Her principal teachers have included John Clouser and Ronald Phillips.

Her instrument is a late seven-thousand series Heckel made in 1936.