Hanna Sterba maintains an active freelancing career in Chicago, and can be heard performing orchestral, chamber, and solo performances throughout the city. Ms. Sterba is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was the recipient of the 2006 George F. Goslee prize in bassoon recognizing outstanding artistry. Her principal teachers and influences have included John Clouser, Ronald Phillips, and John Mack.
As a performer, Ms. Sterba previously held the position of Second Bassoon with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony. Additionally, she has enjoyed a varied career as a freelance and substitute musician, having played with the Grant Park Music Festival, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Akron Symphony, among many others.
Ms. Sterba has performed with many prominent music festivals both in the United States and abroad, including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bellingham Festival of Music, Cayman Arts Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, Kent/Blossom Music, and Le Domaine Forget.
With a passion for arts education, Ms. Sterba has maintained a private studio for over 15 years and is a member of the chamber music faculty of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. She is a founding member of Tempest Winds, a chamber ensemble currently providing free educational videos on YouTube as part of The Yellow Book Project.
Her instrument is a late seven-thousand series Heckel made in 1936. For more information, please visit Ms. Sterba's website.