Miles Maner, bassoonist and contrabassoonist, is thrilled to be in his ninth season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and eighth season teaching at DePaul University’s School of Music. As a chamber musician, he plays regularly on the CSO’s new music series MusicNOW, the Chicago Symphony Winds, and Dempster Street Pro Musica and has appeared with the Civitas Ensemble, Rembrandt Chamber Players and Rush Hour summer concert series.
Prior to his move to Illinois to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in July 2013, Maner performed with the Kansas City Symphony for three seasons as associate principal bassoonist and contrabassoonist and as principal bassoonist of the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado. He has performed with the Arizona Music Festival Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera and given masterclasses at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan, Texas State University, the University of Missouri—Kansas City, Grand Valley State University, and Utah Valley University.
He has previously attended various music festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center and the National Repertory Orchestra. His former teachers are Benjamin Kamins of Rice University and Kristin Wolfe Jensen of the University of Texas.