Judith Hanna

Double Bass

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  • Bloomington, IL
  • Oak Park, IL

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Professional Associations

International Society of Bassists, Chamber Music America


  • B.M. Ithaca College, School of Music, Ithaca, NY
  • B.M., ed Ithaca College, School of Music, Ithaca, NY
  • M.M. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • MSW Loyola University, Chicago, IL



Background & Experience

B.M., B.M.E., Ithaca College; M.M. , Northwestern

Judith Hanna is an accomplished pianist, orchestral bassist and educator. Ms. Hanna is a native of New York and received her Bachelor of Music degree in both performance and education from Ithaca College, School of Music. She completed her degree in the spring of 1981 at which time she relocated to the Chicago area where she continued her studies with members of the Chicago Symphony.

Since that time she has performed extensively throughout the mid-west with such organizations as The Chautauqua Ensemble, Rosewood Trio, Lakeforest Symphony, Illinois Chamber Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Elgin Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic and is currently a substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony. Through a recent Civic Orchestra fellowship Judith has just completed her masters of music degree at Northwestern University.

Ms. Hanna, principal bassist with the Civic Orchestra from 1994-96, has had the pleasure of working with such distinguished conductors as Daniel Barenboim, George Solti, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Neemi Yarvi and has recently performed as an extra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also performs for the International Music Foundation (supplies programs for the Chicago Public Schools), is on the faculty of the Merit Music program, teaching Orchestral Bass and Music Theory, the Sherwood Conservatory and has a private studio in Oak Park. She has taught at Concordia College, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Birch Creek Music Farm and Lagrange School District as a string specialist and was the conductor of the West Suburban Youth Orchestra for seven seasons.

Her teachers include Warren Benfield, Joseph Guastefeste, Jeff Bradetich and Mike Hovnanian. Ms. Hanna has recently been appointed faculty of the Double Bass at Illinois Wesleyan University.