An assistant professor of music at Jacksonville University, Florida, Shannon Lockwood teaches cello, chamber music, and music theory. She completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Yehuda Hanani. She began playing the cello at age twelve in the Colorado public school system, and later studied with retired, Colorado Symphony cellist Fred Hoeppner. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver. While studying in Denver with Richard Slavich, she won the prestigious Presser Award for academic and musical achievement. She also studied in London with Alice McVeigh and Paul Watkins under a grant from the English Speaking Union and returned in the fall of 2011 to research at the Britten-Pears Library. Her broad spectrum of professional experiences include performing with orchestras such as the Jacksonville Symphony and Colorado Symphony Orchestra, performing as soloist with the Jacksonville University Orchestra and Wired String Ensemble, performing and coaching chamber music, serving as a graduate assistant to the University of Cincinnati Orchestras, and maintaining a private studio. When not performing and teaching, she spends time with her husband, a double bassist and their dachshund Benjamin.