Shannon Iler, Concertmaster

What is your role with the MFSO? How long have you been with the MFSO and in what capacity? 

I’ve been the concertmaster since 2016. I joined the MFSO first violin section in 2004 after moving to Menomonee Falls and became principal 2nd a few years later. After a break in 2015, I was happy to be able to return as concertmaster. 

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Do you play with any other orchestras?

I’m a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic and I sub with Festival City Symphony. In the past I’ve played with the Racine, Kenosha, and Green Bay Symphony Orchestras.

What is / was your working profession?

I’m a Certified Public Accountant and have worked in mutual fund and tax accounting. Currently, the majority of my time and attention goes to my 1 and 3-yr-old daughters. They are a blast and keep me very busy. Our days often include baking, ballet, biking, books, and blanket forts. 

Do you have any hobbies?

Apart from music, I enjoy running, yoga, being outside, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and reading widely. 

Do you play any other instruments?

Viola, singing and a bit of piano. I have dabbled with wind and brass instruments, but strings are a better fit for me. I love teaching all ages. 

What are some memorable concerts you recall and why were they special? 

We have had so many fun concerts and memorable soloists over the years. I loved playing Cosi fan tutte [the opera], The Armed Man  [by Karl Jenkins], various Valentine concerts, and soloing with the Dvorak concerto back in 2011. I have missed performing and seeing everyone in 2020, but looking forward to resuming this fall. Hope to see you at one of our concerts!