Dawn Hartley began her study of the bassoon at the age of twelve while living in Columbus, Georgia. During her high school years, she enjoyed studying both bassoon and piano and performing in the Columbus Symphony alongside her teacher, Dr. Ronald Wirt. She later received the degree of Bachelor of Music from Florida State University and the degree of Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her teachers during these years were Bill Winstead, John Hunt, Bruce Hammel and Tina Carpenter. She performed with the Albany (GA) Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra.
In 1991 she joined the Nashville Symphony, where she holds the position of Assistant Principal Bassoon. She currently teaches bassoon at David Lipscomb University and Belmont University, and is a member of the Belmont Faculty Woodwind Quintet and the Gateway Chamber Ensemble. She enjoys playing music with her three children, who are learning trumpet, violin and piano.
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