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FORD, Shannon
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​Shannon Ford, clarinetist and saxophonist, has been active as a musical freelancer and private teacher in classical and jazz styles in the Toledo, OH area since 1991. As a clarinetist, she has performed for many years as a principal clarinetist of the Lima (OH) Symphony Orchestra; has enjoyed engagements with the Adrian (MI) and Windsor (ONT) Symphonies, Toledo Opera, and Michigan Opera; and performs often with the Toledo Symphony. She has performed and recorded with The Toledo Clarinets (eponymous title, Cambria Records, 1190) and is part of a flute, clarinet and piano trio known as Mirepoix. As a saxophonist, she has performed throughout the Midwest and recorded with the saxophone quartet Sax 4th Avenue (Delusions de Grandeur, AMP Rec 02), John Sampen (Shadows and Dawning, Troy 526) and recorded both of Alex Wilder's Suites of Tenor Saxophone and Strings with The Alex Wilder Project (eponymous title, Riverview Records RR001). Larger ensemble work on saxophone has included the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra. Shannon is a teacher of clarinet and saxophone at Adrian College (MI) and has performance degrees from Bowling Green State University and Indiana State University. He teachers include Ron Samuels, John Sampen and Harry Gee.