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Hanna Sterba is a professional bassoon player and teacher in the Chicago area. She 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.

As a performer, Hanna held the position of Second Bassoon with the Canton Symphony Orchestra for four seasons, and Wheeling Symphony for two seasons. Additionally, she enjoys a varied career as a freelance and substitute musician, having played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Illinois Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Akron Symphony, 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 has taught for over a decade and holds the position of Instructor of Applied Bassoon at Loyola University Chicago. She is also a member of the chamber music faculty with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. In another capacity, she has written and narrated educational outreach programs for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, and the Cleveland Institute’s Distance Learning program.

Hanna maintains an active freelancing career in Chicago, and can be heard performing orchestral, chamber, and solo performances throughout the city. 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.

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