Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed flute and piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in 2005. Since joining, she has been active in the life of the Orchestra in many ways, including performances on its MusicNOW series, the CSO Chamber Music series, and the Once Upon a Symphony series designed for children. Gunn also has served as a coach for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, participated in the Dream Out Loud Music Education Advocacy Campaign, and joined Riccardo Muti for several of the programs at Chicago-area juvenile justice centers.
Equally at home on flute or piccolo, Gunn has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra on many occasions. She made her flute solo debut under the direction of Ludovic Morlot on the MusicNOW series playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes in 2007. A year later, she made her piccolo debut as soloist under the direction of Harry Bicket performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major (RV 443). In June of 2019, Gunn was featured as piccolo soloist under the direction of Riccardo Muti in Vivaldi’s C Major Concerto (RV 444), and also gave the CSO premiere of Ken Benshoof’s Concerto in Three Movements for Piccolo and Orchestra.