Janet Cannon fell in love with the double bass at the age of 10, and began playing in a school music program in Logan, Utah. She participated in a youth symphony tour to Mexico as a double bass soloist, and after earning her Bachelor’s of Music at Manhattan School of Music, returned to Mexico where she was engaged by various orchestras, including the Sinfonica National de Bellas Artes. After six years, the spirit of adventure and a desire to continue developing as a musician took her to France, where she had the privilege of studying with François Rabbath. She was engaged by a chamber orchestra near Toulouse, and then became a teacher and free-lance musician. Her interest in early music led her to complete a diploma in historical performance practice at the Conservatoire National de Toulouse, and to enlarge her scope to include playing the bass and treble viol. She loves accompanying vocal groups on continuo, and playing chamber music and recitals on the viol.
After giving a presentation on the double bass virtuoso, Domenico Dragonetti, at the Paris bass conference Bass 2008, she received a scholarship from the University of Michigan to complete a Master’s Degree, studying with Dr. Diana Gannett. In 2010 she was named a CEW scholar, receiving a prestigious scholarship from the Center for the Education of Women in Ann Arbor. She completed her Master’s Degree in April of 2011, and is now teaching and playing in the Ann Arbor area. She works with Oz Music in Ann Arbor, teaching bass and viol, and some cello too. She coaches the bass section at Huron High school regularly, and enjoys finding different ways to stimulate students' creativity and develop both their technical abilities and their musical understanding.
Janet has been the music director of the Ann Arbor Recorder Society since 2014, and has performed with Michigan artists such as Martha Folts, historical keyboards, Corinne Schat and Eloy Cortinez, recorders, and Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos, baroque violin. In 2018 she was awarded a Consort Loan by the Viola da Gamba Society of America in order to introduce young people to the viol. She has given introductory classes to Huron and Skyline High School students, and is working with the Community Music School to set up an ongoing consort program.