who we are

Bassoonists come to WVU with a wide diversity of backgrounds and goals, hailing from across the eastern, midwestern, and southern United States, and as far away as Canada and Brazil.

our process

Each semester, we work together to:

  1. Develop a fundamentals and repertoire plan to meet your unique needs

  2. Set goals and develop a practice plan to meet them

  3. Meet weekly for one-on-one and group instruction in private lessons, studio class, and reed classes

  4. Present a culminating performance: studio recital, solo recital, convocation performance, or jury 

the wvu bassoon experience


We provide a high quality, individualized educational experience and a community of like-minded bassoonists working hard to achieve their potential.


We teach you the skills required to be a professional musician, including:

  • Fundamentals

  • Reed making

  • Pedagogy

  • Practice techniques

  • Mental training

  • Standard, orchestral, and contemporary repertoire

  • Contemporary and integrative performance techniques


We provide numerous and varied performance opportunities:

  • Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band

  • Chamber music, including Chamber Winds, Double Reed Ensemble, and the ChaMP chamber music competition

  • Student Showcase Recitals

  • New Music Ensemble

  • World Music ensembles

Our ensembles perform at prestigious venues off campus:

  • Carnegie Hall (Wind Symphony)

  • CODA Conference (Symphony Orchestra)

  • Percy Grainger Festival (Wind Symphony)

  • International Double Reed Society 2007 Conference (Double Reed Ensemble)


We provide cultural and educational enrichment opportunities:

  • Canady Chamber Series and Masterclasses

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Series

  • Guest Masterclasses

    • Sue Heinemann (National Symphony Orchestra)

    • Alban Wesly (Calefax Reed Quintet, Royal Conservatory of The Hague)

    • David Sogg (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

    • Jim Rodgers (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

    • John Hunt (Eastman School of Music)

    • Mike Harley (University of South Carolina)

    • Eric Varner (Lynn University)

    • Ryan Romine (Shenandoah Conservatory)

    • Ryan Hare (Washington State University)

    • Matthew Harvell (Richmond Symphony Orchestra)

    • Linda Morton Fisher (Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet)

  • Off-campus trip to see performances in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and New York

  • WVU Art Museum

  • Local Art Galleries

  • Collaborative opportunities with the schools of Dance, Art, and Theater