Staci A. Spring joined the CSO in 2016 as the Youth Orchestras Manager. A native of Chattanooga and a CSOYO alum, Spring has returned to the Scenic City after enjoying a varied career as a freelance musician, private instructor, college professor, and arts administrator. As a bassoonist, she has performed with several professional orchestras throughout Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida, and was previously on faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University. Passionate about creative programming and collaboration, she has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals, and was a member of the Key City Winds, Abilene Chamber Players, and the Stone Fort Wind Quintet.
Spring is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas, where she also completed a Graduate Academic Certificate in Arts Leadership as a Priddy Scholarship recipient. She earned dual Master of Music degrees in Historical Musicology and Bassoon Performance from The Florida State University and completed her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in North Carolina. Throughout her education and career, Spring has participated in numerous master classes, festivals, conferences and camps, and been an active member of several arts organizations. In addition to her work with the CSO, she maintains a private bassoon studio and is on faculty at Lee University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. She also serves as the Competition Committee Chair for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition.