Jenni Groyon Hill, Assistant Principal/Second Bassoon
Kathryn and Arthur Knight Chair
Jenni Groyon Hill received her bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with George Sakakeeny. While at Oberlin, she won the Ernest Hatch Wilkins award for academic and musical excellence. She earned her master's degree from Rice University, where her teacher was Benjamin Kamins. Prior to coming to Naples, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami. Jenni was co-principal bassoonist of the Iris Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, for two years.
During college, Jenni was a member of the Prometheus Wind Quintet, which reached the semi-finals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She was also a founding member of the Firewood Bassoon Quartet, which received no awards but was really, really fun. Jenni has performed in many summer festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, New Hampshire Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival.
From 2002 to 2016, she spent her summers in Chicago, where she was assistant principal/second bassoonist of the Grant Park Symphony. She can be heard on many recordings with the Grant Park Symphony, including the critically acclaimed Portraits with Jennifer Koh, American Orchestral Works and Robert Kurka’s Grammy Award-nominated Symphony No. 2. Jenni has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2001.