Hanna Sterba maintains an active freelance career and private teaching studio in Chicago. She can be heard performing orchestral, chamber, and solo performances throughout the city.
For the 2018-2019 Season, Hanna is enjoying being a part of the Lyric bassoon section as a season substitute. She has previously held positions with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony. Additionally, she enjoys a varied career as a substitute musician, having played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Michigan Opera Theatre.
Hanna has performed with music festivals both in the United States and abroad, including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bellingham Festival of Music, Cayman Arts Festival in the Caribbean, 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, Hanna holds the position of Instructor of Applied Bassoon at Loyola University Chicago, and also teaches bassoon methods at DePaul University. She is the Event Chair of the Double Double Workshop, an event for young double reed and double bass students, presented by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Hanna 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 have included John Clouser and Ronald Phillips.
When not playing the bassoon, Hanna enjoys ceramic arts and gardening.