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Jennifer Monroe

Instruments: Contrabassoon and Bassoon

Education: Bachelor of Music from University of Kentucky, Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music

Hometown: Danville, Kentucky

Neighborhood: Pierce Township, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 2002

What do you draw inspiration from as a musician: My colleagues in the orchestra. I have the best seat in the house!

Favorite orchestral works: Anything by Brahms, Mahler, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich

Current playlist: Podcasts on a wide variety of topics!

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? Music is a common denominator. It has the ability to cross all barriers—race, religion, gender, socioeconomic, etc. to bring people together in a shared, unifying experience.