MM, Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester
Shannon Reilly specializes in the study and performance of contemporary music in her career as a violinist. A dedicated collaborator, she pursues working with young composers, often premiering her colleagues’ compositions. Her most recent projects include developing The Wonderland Series with composer Anna Heflin, a song cycle for singing violinist based on scenes from Lewis Carroll’s books. Reilly is the violin professor at University at Buffalo (SUNY), the string teacher at Buffalo’s Nardin Academy, and a substitute violinist for the Buffalo Philharmonic. She also teaches at Buffalo String Works, working in a classroom style with beginner violin students. She has performed with ensembles such as Ensemble Signal, Broadband, Nu Deco, Eastman’s OSSIA, Alla Balena, and the JACK Quartet. During her study at the Eastman School of Music, she regularly participated in the Musica Nova Ensemble under the direction of conductor Brad Lubman, collaborating with artists including G. F. Haas, S. Reich, H. Lachenmann, and B. Gander. A multifaceted musician, Reilly often works as a recording artist for creators such as Dave Rivello and Marc Webster. She holds a BM and MM in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music and has studied with Prof. Reneé Jolles, Prof. Charles Castleman, and Richard Rood. An avid reader, Reilly is currently making her way through the works of author Virginia Woolf.