Shannon Thornton Clardy, a native of The Colony, Texas, has been principal oboist of the LR Winds since 2004. She has bachelor’s degrees in music performance and physics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and has a doctorate of applied physics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Clardy is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where she regularly performs with ensembles at HSU. She has performed under many notable conductors, including Frederick Fennell, Andrew Litton, Eduardo Mata, Keri-Lynn Wilson, H. Robert Reynolds, Gary Garner and Richard Giangiulio.
In addition to her musical activities, Clardy is an active researcher in astronomy with interests in high mass X-ray binary systems and cataclysmic variable stars. She is involved in a NASA IDEAS grant to introduce astronomy activities to middle school and high school classrooms.