Sumner Arano is a freelance bassoonist and contrabassoonist whose performance and teaching range spans from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley. She performs frequently with the Pacific Opera Project, where she contributes “virtuoso touches” (Classical Voice America) to the company’s chamber orchestra, and has appeared with artists such as jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, soprano Tracy Cox, and the Lyris Quartet. Sumner holds a Master’s in bassoon performance from Carnegie Mellon University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, where she was a Regents Scholar with concentrations in bassoon performance and music education. Her primary teachers include Nancy Goeres, John Steinmetz, and John Campbell. When not playing bassoon or whittling at the reed desk, she works for the Long Beach Public Library. Sumner is delighted to join the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music faculty as a lecturer teaching bassoon reed making.