Violist Dawn Hannay has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1979. Before joining the Orchestra, she was principal violist with the Omaha Symphony and the Nebraska Sinfonia, and was a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She also served as artist-in-residence at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia, and was a member of Ensemble I, a sextet specializing in works for unusual instrumentation.
Ms. Hannay enjoys performing chamber music, appearing often with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles. She spends the summers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, playing with the Grand Teton Music Festival where she is a founding member of the string quartet Wind River 4. In March 2001, she was a featured soloist and guest principal viola with the London Chamber Players on a tour of South Africa. She is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.
She is an avid reader, athlete, and nature enthusiast; her interests include hiking, camping, skiing, bird watching, and her cat and dog. She loves to travel, and has been seen hiking and birding recently in exotic locales such as Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and the Ecuadorian Amazon.