Jennifer Downing OlssonBass

Jennifer Downing Olsson


Coral Springs, FL

Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival:


Where you live now:

Gothenburg, Sweden

Where did you study?

Indiana University

What do you love most about your instrument?

The low notes

What would you be if you were not a musician?

I love children and animals. I've always been interested in animal behavior. So either working in early education or the study of animal behavior.

Who would you love to work with in a future musical collaboration (conductors, guest artists) who you have not previously worked with?

Janine Jensen

Can you share any memorable stories about your experience with the Grant Park Music Festival?

I loved those 4th of July concerts at the old shell with the synchronized fireworks. It was our walk home that I'll never forget! The streets were wall to wall with people but the bass players needed to get our basses to the parking garage. We banded together, lined up with our basses on wheels and pushed through the crowd. People were very friendly and helped us get through.

What's on your playlist at the moment?

Mumford and Sons and a Haydn C major mass (for study)

Any hobbies?