Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed to the position of piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in June 2005. Since joining the CSO, Jennifer has also been involved in the orchestra’s MusicNOW contemporary music series and is a coach for the Civic Orchestra. Gunn and has been a regular guest artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque Orchestra. Prior to joining the CSO, she was the assistant principal flute of the Louisville Orchestra (KY) for the 2004/05 season and principal flute of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN) from 2001 to 2004. She has also performed with various other orchestras including the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati symphony orchestras.
Gunn made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May 2008 playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major, RV 443. In April 2007, she was featured as a soloist playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes on the MusicNOW series. While a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Jennifer was a featured soloist on multiple occasions; she also has won several competitions including the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition in 2004.
A Native of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Gunn holds a bachelor of music degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she studied with Robert Langevin and Rhian Kenny. Her other teachers have included George Pope and Mary Kay Ferguson. Gunn is currently on the faculty of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Jennifer is married to Jonathan Gunn, a clarinetist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the couple splits their time between Cincinnati and Chicago.