Meet The Artists
Get to know the performers and educators that proudly play on Fox Products instruments.
Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of Nevada, Reno
Aaron Hill currently serves as Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of Nevada, Reno. He is also Principal Oboe with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra.
Current position(s): Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of Nevada, Reno; Principal oboe with Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Previous position(s): University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Virginia; James Madison University; Principal Oboe of Charlottesville Symphony; English horn with Roanoke Symphony; Wingra Wind Quintet
Education: Bachelor of Music from University of Michigan; Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University; Doctor of Musical Arts from James Madison University
Recordings: Principal oboe for William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience (Grammy winner for Best Classical Album); extensive teaching and performing video series for YouTube, including the complete FW Ferling 48 Famous Studies
Solo appearances: Concerti by JS Bach (F Major, Oboe and Violin in D Minor); Aaron Copland (Quiet City); Daron Hagen, WA Mozart (C Major and Sinfonia Concertante); Vivaldi (C Major); frequent IDRS Conference recitals; faculty concert series performances at UW-Madison and around North America
Notable performances/accomplishments: Yale School of Music Thomas Nyfenger Prize for Woodwind Performance; Leche Trust Prize from the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition; Mu Phi Epsilon Society for Musical Arts Grand Prize Winner
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses for universities and youth orchestras around the country; UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic; featured speaker/performer for TEDxSkidRow and Tom Tom Founders Festival
Fox Instrument: Fox Sayen (Model 880) Oboe
For more information on Aaron Hill, visit his University of Nevada, Reno faculty webpage here.
Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State University
Albie Micklich is Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State and Chair of IDRS Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition. “Micklich’s playing is strikingly moving and compelling, sowing sensitivity, a gorgeous tone…
Current position(s): Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State University and Chair of IDRS Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition
Previous position(s): Faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Missouri-Columbia, Michigan State University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Co-Principal Bassoon for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra; Principal Bassoon for Lincoln Symphony; member of Moran Quintet and Missouri Quintet
Education: Michigan State University (DMA), The Juilliard School (MM), and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS)
Recordings: Cantando, Albie Micklich (Soundset); Supernova, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Summit); Resounding, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Summit); Triumvirate, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Summit); Bassoon Surrounded: 20th Century Music for Bassoon and Percussion (MSR Classics); Wind Chamber Music of Theodor Blumer, Vol. 2 and Vol.3 with Moran Quintet (Crystal Records); David Maslanka's Woodwind Quintet #3 and Music for Dr. Who for bassoon and piano with Missouri Quintet (Albany Records)
Publications: Claude Debussy Suite for bassoon and piano (TrevCo Music Publishing); Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata in C Major, BWV 1031 for bassoon and piano (TrevCo Music Publishing); Robert Schumann Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56 for oboe, bassoon and piano (TrevCo Music Publishing); Francisco Tárrega Lágrima, Maria, and Recuerdos del Alhambra for two bassoons (TrevCo Music Publishing); Igor Stravinsky Suite for Woodwind Sextet (Potenza Music); Antonio Vivaldi Sposa son disprezzata (Potenza Music); Max Bruch Three Pieces for clarinet, bassoon, and piano (Potenza Music)
Commentary by Critics: "Micklich's playing is strikingly moving and compelling, sowing sensitivity, a gorgeous tone quality in all register, and an uncanny ability to grab his listeners... [He] shows a rare combination of technical perfection and musical sensitivity." - The Double Reed Journal review of the CD Cantando
Notable performances/accomplishments: Concerto performances and solo recitals at IDRS conferences; co-host of IDRS 2011 at Arizona State University; concerto performance with Lincoln Symphony; performance of Christopher Theofanidis's Bassoon Concerto with the ASU Symphony Orchestra; won The Juilliard School, Michigan State University, and Johnstown Symphony (PA) concerto competitions; students have won the prestigious Fulbright Award and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Award
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses throughout the USA, Europe, Japan, and Brazil
Fox Instrument: Custom Fox Model 680
For more information on Albie Micklich, visit his ASU faculty page here.
Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Baylor University
Ann Shoemaker is known for her varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. She has given guest solo recitals at universities across the country.
Current position(s): Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Baylor University; Principal Bassoon for Shreveport (LA) and Waco (TX) Symphony Orchestras
Previous position(s): Positions with Greensboro, Salisbury, and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestras; founding member of Relevents Wind Quintet (toured throughout U.S. and Germany); faculty member at Furman University, Davidson College, and North Carolina School of the Arts
Education: Bachelor of Music from Furman University; Master of Music from Yale School of Music; Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Notable performances/accomplishments: featured with InterHarmony Music Festival Orchestra, Carolina Youth Symphony, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro Orchestra; performed with Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players; Nyfenger Award for Outstanding Woodwind Performance while at Yale.
For more information on Ann Shoemaker, visit http://www.annshoemaker.com/
The Breaking Winds
By performing a uniquely twisted theatrical blend of classical and popular music on their unlikely instruments, the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet aims to demonstrate that music is a universal language.
The Breaking Winds
Background: By performing a uniquely twisted theatrical blend of classical and popular music on their unlikely instruments, the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet aims to demonstrate that music is a universal language—and laughter is too.
Members: Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure, and Lauren Yu Ziemba
Recordings: Breaking In (https://www.thebreakingwinds.com/shop/)
Solo appearances: Commissioned concerto world premiere with Yale Concert Band, West Point Band, Eastman Wind Ensemble, SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble, and Northshore Concert Band
Notable performances/accomplishments: Performing at the 100th anniversary Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition; 2015 tour of China, Hong Kong, and Japan; IDRS conferences in Tokyo, New York, Columbus, Granada, Tampa; social media buzz from MTV, NPR, and Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses across the United States and on tour, recently Southern Methodist University, Michigan State University, Penn State, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Sichuan Conservatory; guest artists at University of Arizona Double Reed Day and with the University of Missouri Bassoon Ensemble; plus frequent visits with K-12 music students
Memorable gigs: Performing music of movies and video games at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle; performing on a reality show pilot at a Brooklyn “nerd bar”; performing a Bubonic Bassoon Quartet retrospective at IDRS Tampa
Their mission: to navigate the intersection of classical music, pop culture, and comedy, to expand the scope of bassoon performance, and to create meaningful bonds with audiences
For more information on the Breaking Winds (including bios on the members), check out http://www.thebreakingwinds.com/
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione
Principal Oboist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboe at the beginning of the 2007-08 season. She currently holds the George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair.
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione
Current position(s): Principal Oboe for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2007-08 season; Principal Oboe at Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, & Festival Mozaic; member of Atlanta Chamber Players; faculty member at Kennesaw State University
Education: Studied with Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music
Notable performances/accomplishments: Tiscione has been a guest musician with orchestras of San Francisco, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Detroit, St. Paul, Baltimore, Rochester, Buffalo, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Her solo engagements have included World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, & Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top.”
Teaching Opportunities: In addition to being a faculty member at Kennesaw State, Tiscione has a small private studio in Atlanta.
For more information on Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, visit her page on the Atlanta Symphony website here.
Principal Contrabassoon of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
In addition to playing for the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Hans Agreda teaches contrabassoon at ZHdk (Zurich University of the Arts).
Current position(s): Principal Contrabassoon for Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra; Contrabassoon Teacher at ZHdk (Zurich University of the Arts)
Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Education: Universidad de los Andes in Mérida; Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf
Notable performances/accomplishments: Won the Schmolz-Bickenbach competition in 2004; Has collaborated with several professional orchestras in Europe, including Berliner Philharmoniker , Bayrisches Staatsoper München , WDR (Rundfunk Orchester Köln) , SWR (Rundfunk Orchester Stuttgart) , Luzern Festival Orchester , & Orquesta Mozart
Check out one of Hans's performances during his tour in Asia!
Bassoon and Contrabassoon – The Cleveland Orchestra
In addition to playing for the Cleveland Orchestra, Jonathan Sherwin is active as an educator. He serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory…
Current position(s): Bassoon and Contrabassoon for The Cleveland Orchestra since 1997; Faculty member at Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and the Kent/Blossom Music School
Previous position(s): Colorado (formerly Denver) Symphony (1986-1997), New Orleans Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago's Music of the Baroque, and Chicago City Ballet Orchestra
Education: Bachelor's Degree and The Performer's Certificate from Eastman School of Music and Master's Degree from Northwestern University
Notable performances/accomplishments: Performed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra; participated in Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and Eastern Music Festival
Teaching Opportunities: Previous faculty engagements have included The Oberlin Conservatory, The Aspen Music School, and The University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Sherwin has given Master classes at several music festivals and universities including The Eastman School of Music, Duquesne University, and The Aspen Music School.
For more information on Jonathan Sherwin, visit his page on The Cleveland Orchestra's website here.
Professor of Bassoon for Ball State University
Keith Sweger is Professor of Bassoon at Ball State University and is bassoonist with the Musical Arts Quintet. He is also principal bassoon with Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra…
Current position(s): Professor of Bassoon at Ball State University School of Music; bassoonist with Musical Arts Quintet (faculty ensemble at Ball State); Principal Bassoon for Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra; contrabassoonist for Fort Wayne Philharmonic; performs regularly with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Internatonal Double Reed Society Executive Committee (President from 2014-17)
Previous position(s): Co-founder/member of Algoma Wind Quintet; member of Oakwood Chambers Players; chair of 2008 & 2010 Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bowling Green State University, Lebanon Valley College
Recordings: Songs of Madness and Sorrow, On the Beach at Night, Expressions in Units, Christmas Lights, and August was Foggy; American Breeze, released by Musical Arts Quintet; a variety of projects, including touring ice shows, national tours of Broadway shows, and cartoon scores
Notable performances/accomplishments: Recitals at conferences of International Clarinet Association, Society of Composers Inc., College Music Society, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Music Teachers National Association and Music Educators National Conference; regular performer at IDRS conferences; hosted 2006 IDRS conference at Ball State; 2008 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Music Educator
Teaching Opportunities/Accomplishments: Masterclasses at 2011 Asian Double Reed Association (ADRA) conference in Bangkok, 2012 Beijing International Bassoon Festival in Beijing, 2013 ADRA in Chiayi, and 2017 Brazilian Double Reed Society conference; guest teacher at colleges, universities, and summer festivals and camps; recipient of 2007 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching, 2008 IMEA Outstanding Univeresity Music Educator, and 2013 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Creative Endeaver Award.
Instrument: Fox Model 201
For more information on Keith Sweger, visit his faculty page here.
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Professor of Bassoon, Chamber Collaborative Music Division Head for the University of Texas at Austin
“She obviously sees tone quality as the foundation for her fluent technique…It is a ravishing sound, siren-like in its attractive flair…”. Jensen is also on the faculty of International Festival Institute…
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Current position(s): Professor of Bassoon at University of Texas at Austin; on faculty of International Festival Institute at Round Top; Principal Bassoon for River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Co-director of biennial Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition
Previous position(s): Served on faculties of University of Nevada Las Vegas and University of North Texas; Acting Principal Bassoonist of Houston Grand Opera; member of Dallas Opera Orchestra, Richardson Symphony, Las Vegas Symphony, Jupiter Symphony of New York and Continuum.
Education: Master of Music from Juilliard; undergrad at Oberlin Conservatory
Recordings: Shadings; Parables and Reflections; …and Kristin Wolfe Jensen: UT Bassoons in Collaboration
Commentary by critics: “...She has simply turned in the finest-played bassoon recital I have ever heard,” said American Record Guide about Kristin Wolfe Jensen’s CD, Shadings, “She obviously sees tone quality as the foundation of her fluent technique…It is a ravishing sound, siren-like in its attractive flair…”
Notable performances/accomplishments: Solo recitals at several IDRS conferences, co-host of IDRS conference in Austin, won concerto competitions at Juilliard School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at many major American schools, as well as in South America and Europe; author of the online bassoon method Music and the Bassoon
For more information on Kristin Wolfe Jensen, visit her faculty page here.
Laura Bennett Cameron
Principal Bassoonist of Dallas Winds
Laura Bennett Cameron is Principal Bassoon of Dallas Winds as well as an Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Texas-Arlington.
Laura Bennett Cameron
Current position(s): Principal Bassoon, Dallas Winds; Assistant Professor of Bassoon, University of Texas-Arlington; Founder, Executive Director, and Solo Bassoon of The Boutry Ensemble
Education: Doctor of Music, Indiana University Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music Bachelor of Music, West Texas A&M University
Recordings: French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano, Indesens Classique, Paris. Recorded with Roger Boutry, piano, at Studios Grade Armée, Paris, 2016; Encounters: The Oboe and Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry, Indesens Classique, Paris. Recorded with Roger Boutry, producer, Studios de Meudon, Paris, 2018 (Expected release late 2022); John Williams at the Movies, Reference Recordings, San Francisco, California. Recorded with the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, artistic director, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2018. Nominated for two Grammy Awards; Asphalt Cocktail: The Music of John Mackey, Reference Recordings, San Francisco, California. Recorded with the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, artistic director, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2019; Repertorial Diversity in Intermediate Bassoon Works, a project to record works by underrepresented composers Ahmed Alabca, William Grant Still, Amber Ferenz, and Victoria Bond, in process, anticipated release via YouTube mid 2022.
Solo appearances: Festival pour L'Association Joseph Cantaloube, Bagnac sur Célé, France, June 2022; Rencontres Européennes des Anches Doubles, Lyon, France, October 2021 (only invited American performer); Festival International Albert Roussel, Vieil-Hesdin, France, November 2021; Concerto: Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Weber, with the Dallas Winds and Jerry Junkin, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, April 2021; Concerto Tour: Rossini’s Concerto for Solo Bassoon and Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ungarese with the Filarmonica San Marco in Torino and Nichelino, Italy, 2020; European Recital Tour: The Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano works of Roger Boutry; Paris, France, and Granada, Spain, 2018; Concerto: Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Weber, with the UT-Arlington Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra, 2018; USA East Coast Recital Tour: The Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry, 2017; Recital: The Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry, International Double Reed Society Conference, 2016; Paris Recital Tour: The Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry with Roger Boutry, piano, 2015
Performances: Trio Recital, Wood Music, for Fine Arts Chamber Players, with Kirstin Perry, oboe, and Gabriel Sanchez, piano, Dallas Museum of Art, November 2019; Interdisciplinary performance, Landscapes: A Celebration of Edwin Church: performance of Daniel Baldwin’s Landscapes, poetry reading, and art history lecture; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, October 2019; World Premiere of bassoon choir work, Loftdrekar, with the UT-Arlington Bassoon Ensemble, International Double Reed Society Conference, Tampa, Florida, July 2019
Accomplishments: Interviewed for “Double Reed Dish” Podcast, aired January 2022 via SoundCloud, with Jacqueline Wilson (Washington State University), and Galit Kaunitz (University of Southern Mississippi); Published scholarship on Roger Boutry in both French and English, the largest body of biographical work on the composer in either language; Repertorial Diversity in Intermediate Bassoon Works, a project to record works by underrepresented composers, in process, anticipated release via YouTube mid 2022 - funded via competitive grant; Fantasia for Solo Bassoon by Matteo Dal Maso, a popular solo bassoon work written during the pandemic, was written for and dedicated to Bennett Cameron - she made the first recording of it in collaboration with the composer.
Teaching Opportunities: Ameropa Festival, Prague (July 2022); University of Texas-Arlington faculty since 2013; Sought-after masterclass teacher
Fox Instrument: Fox Model 201
Fun Fact: She is a proud dog and plant mom.
For more information on Laura Bennett Cameron, visit her website here.
Principal Bassoonist of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts
Matthias Racz has been Principal Bassoon for Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra since 2003. He is also a professor at Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Zurich & artistic director for bassoon for The Muri Competition.
Current position(s): Principal Bassoon for Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra since 2003, Principal Bassoon for Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Professor at Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Zurich, & artistic director for bassoon for The Muri Competition in Muri, Switzerland.
Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Gürzenich orchestra Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra at age 21
Education: Rácz studied under Prof. Dag Jensen at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Hanover.
Recordings: CD productions and live concert recordings with various radio companies, as well as in television and radio programs
Notable performances/accomplishments: At age fifteen, Rácz made his debut as a soloist with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra in the television production “Junge Künstler auf dem Podium” (Young Artists on Stage). He has been a guest soloist at Mozart Festival Schwetzingen, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2002, he won the International ARD Music Competition in Munich and the Prague Spring International Music Competition.
Teaching Opportunities: In 2003, Rácz was a lecturer for the Ongaku-juku Opera Project in Japan. He gave his first international masterclass for bassoon at age 24 and has since led many masterclasses around the world.
Check out one of Matthias's performances during his tour in Asia!
Principal English Horn, Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera
Named Solo English Horn with the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera in 2005, Pedro Díaz’s playing has been described by critics as evocative, eloquent, and expressive.
Current position(s): Solo English Horn with Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera since 2005;
Previous position(s): Extended tenures as oboe and/or English horn with Filarmonica Jalisco (Mexico), Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain), Natal Philharmonic (South Africa), and Pittsburgh Opera; Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Stony Brook University
Education: Escuela Libre de Música
Recordings: Recorded works for English horn by composers Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Pilotti
Solo appearances: Spoleto Festival (Italy), New York Symphonic Ensemble (Japan tour), Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, Puerto Rico Symphony, and two IDRS conferences
Commentary by critics: Díaz’s playing has been described by critics as evocative, eloquent, and expressive.
Notable performances/accomplishments: Díaz has been a guest musician with Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic. He collaborated as a performer/teacher at Aspen, Alba Music Festival, Le Domain Forget (Quebec), Bel Canto Institute, FOSJA (Puerto Rico), and Panama Double Reed Festival.
Teaching Opportunities: Díaz has lectured at Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, Hart Music School, and Duquesne University. He has given masterclasses in Panama, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Leipzig, and Berlin.
For more information on Pedro Díaz, check out http://www.pedrordiaz.com/home.
Associate Professor of Bassoon at Vanderbilt University
Peter Kolkay is an Associate Professor of Bassoon at Vanderbilt University and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Current position(s): Associate Professor of Bassoon, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University; Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Previous position(s): University of South Carolina, West Virginia University
Education: DMA, MMA: Yale University (study with Frank Morelli); MM: Eastman School of Music (John Hunt); BM: Lawrence University (Monte Perkins)
Solo recordings: BassoonMusic: 21st Century American Works for Bassoon, CAG Records (2011); Michael Torke: West for bassoon and chamber orchestra, Albany Symphony (2019)
Upcoming solo recordings: Christopher Rouse: Bassoon Concerto, Albany Symphony (Albany Records); Music for Bassoon and Strings, Calidore String Quartet (Bridge Records)
Chamber music recordings on Sony (The Soldier's Tale with Roger Waters narrating), Bridge, Blue Griffin, and Tzadik Records.
Solo appearances: Concertos with the Albany Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Waukesha Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Green Bay Symphony; Recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Ollin Yolitzli Cultural Center in Mexico City, Bargemusic, Wolf Trap, Teatro Nacional in Panama City, Panama, Chicago Cultural Center.
Notable performances/accomplishments: Commission and premiere of works by Judah Adashi, Gordon Beeferman, Elliott Carter, Katherine Hoover, Tania León, Harold Meltzer, Russell Platt, John Fitz Rogers, Joan Tower, and Mark-Anthony Turnage; Summer chamber Music festivals: Bravo! Vail Valley, Bridgehampton, Maverick, Music@Menlo, Sarasota, Spoleto; Winner of a 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center; First Prize, 2002 Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses all over North America
Fox Instrument: Fox Model 601
For more information on Peter Kolkay, visit his website here.
Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Florida School of Music
Shannon Lowe is an Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Florida. She also serves as Principal Bassoon for the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra.
Current position(s): Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Florida School of Music; Principal Bassoon for the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra
Previous position(s): Associate Professor of Bassoon at Valdosta State University; Former Principal Bassoon of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra; Former Principal Bassoon of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra
Education: Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook; Master of Music from the University of Florida; Bachelor of Music Education and Performance Certificate from the University of Florida
Recordings: A Musical Bouquet: Old, New and Borrowed Music for Bassoon and Strings on the MSR Classics Label
"I habitually think of a bassoon as a bass instrument, probably because that’s its role in a woodwind quintet. But Shannon Lowe shines her warm instrument in quite a different light. In these works she phrases her long lyrical lines so that they not only sing but breathe with the gorgeous tone of a high baritone..."
Gil French, American Record Guide
"the bassoon playing of Shannon Lowe [is] unforced, delightful and relaxed... [her] playing, demonstrating the expressive range of her instrument..."
Joel C. Thompson, Cherry Grove Music Review
"[Shannon Lowe] is really a dynamite performer on her chosen instrument, as we find abundantly on display in 'A Musical Bouquet,' together with a little help from her friends."
Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Club
Solo appearances: Soloist for Michael Daugherty's "Dead Elvis" with the UF Chamber Players and the Albany Symphony Orchestra; Soloist on Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra
Notable performances/accomplishments: Performance at the Campos do Jordão International Music Festival as part of the American Chamber Winds; Regular performer at IDRS conferences; Premiered solo bassoon works at the at the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival as well as the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia.
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad
Fox Instrument: Fox Model 601
Fun Fact: Dr. Lowe is one of the few bassoonists, if not the only one, to have performed the exposition of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto for the captain (over speakerphone), crew, and passengers at over 30,000 feet on a late night Southwestern Airlines flight from NY to Florida.
For more information on Shannon Lowe, visit her website here.
Professor of Oboe at Columbus State University
Susan Tomkiewicz is Professor of Oboe at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. She is also Acting English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Current position(s): Professor of Oboe at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music; Acting English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Previous position(s): University of Nebraska Omaha, Adjunct Professor of Oboe, Music History, and Music Appreciation; Luther College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Oboe; Texas Lutheran University, Adjunct Professor of Oboe and Music Appreciation
Education: University of Texas at Austin, D.M.A. in Oboe Performance, graduated summa cum laude; University of New Mexico, M.M. in Oboe Performance, graduated magna cum laude; University of New Hampshire, B.A. in Oboe Performance
Recordings: Bells for Stokowski, Fandango, the PBS Texas Parks & Wildlife theme show music and Rebecca Henderson's latest CD entitled 'Gobo' and is in the process of completing the final few recordings before the release of her new CD
Solo appearances: Behold We Call them Blessed Those Who Have Endured, Sinfornia and Wienen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, by J.S. Bach with the University Singers and the Choral Union, Legacy Hall, Columbus State Unviersity (Nov. '17); Concerto a 7 in G Major, by Johann David Heinichen on the American Guild of Organists’ Concert, with the Baroque Consortium, Legacy Hall, Columbus State University (Sept. '17); Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for 2 Oboes and Orchestra, with The Baroque Consortium, Studio Theatre, Columbus State University (Sept. '16)
Notable performances/accomplishments: World premiere of Alyssa Morris's Chrysalis, rescored for English horn and small chamber orchestra in Columbus, GA (Nov. '21); Legacy Concerto by Oscar Navarro with the Schwob Wind Ensemble of Columbus State University in Columbus, GA (April '22); hosted IDRS Conference in 2016
Fox Instrument: Fox Sayen (Model 880) Maple Oboe
Fun Facts: Susan is a registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 and is also certified in Yin Yoga. She is currently working on a 300 certification. When she's not practicing and making reeds, she loves spending time her husband, Bill, and her dog, Porter. She and her husband are amateur beekeepers.
For more information on Susan Tomkiewicz, visit her website here.
Simon Van Holen
Solo-Contrabassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Simon Van Holen enjoys a rich musical career made up of performing, recording, and teaching engagements. He currently serves as Solo-Contrabassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Simon Van Holen
Current position(s): Solo-Contrabassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Professor of Bassoon & Contrabassoon at Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Previous position(s): Academy Position & Solo-Contrabassoon of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
Education: The Royal Conservatory in The Hague; Robert Schumann Musikhochschule
Recordings: Debut-album Pro Contra!
Notable performances/accomplishments: Took part in Zermatt Festival Academy and Gustav Mahler Academy; awarded the prize Prix de Salon for his extraordinary musicianship; performed with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, & Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; has performed with some of the most legendary musicians, including Menahem Pressler, Ingo Goritzki, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jürgen Kussmaul, and Wolfgang Boettcher
Teaching Opportunities: Regularly gives masterclasses around the globe
For more information about Simon Van Holen, visit https://www.simonvanholen.com/
Principal Bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Ted Soluri became principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Before joining DSO, he held the same position with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (11 years) and Santa Fe Opera (9 years).
Current position(s): Principal Bassoon for Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2015
Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (11 years) and Principal Bassoon for Santa Fe Opera (9 years)
Solo appearances: Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon in Bb major, KV. 191, and Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F major and Andante and Hungarian Rondo, among others; two recitals at the IDRS conference in Muncie, IN
Notable performances/accomplishments: Soluri is a regular performer at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In 2005, he toured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and NYC’s Carnegie Hall.
Commentary from critics: “He approached the speedy, highly ornamented outer movements from a high place. Soluri made this music sound like elegant, pleasant play, a celebration of the instrument’s possibilities, and never like a struggle.” -- Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Education: Bachelor of Music from Florida State; Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at Florida State University, Eastman School of Music, Ball State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lawrence University, and Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp
For more information, visit www.tedsoluri.com
Bassoon Faculty Member at University of Minnesota
John Miller was the principal bassoonist for the Minnesota Orchestra from 1971 until his retirement in 2015. He is currently a faculty member for bassoon at University of Minnesota.
Current position(s): Faculty member at University of Minnesota
Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Minnesota Orchestra for 44 years before his retirement in 2015; member of American Reed Trio for more than twenty years, founded Bubonic Bassoon Quartet
Education: Peabody Conservatory and New England Conservatory; Fulbright grant for music study in Amsterdam
Recordings: Solo recordings include four concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart and Vanhal concertos
Notable performances/accomplishments: Miller has performed many times with the Minnesota Orchestra as well as numerous other orchestras. He was the longest-serving principal player in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at many of the world’s major conservatories and music schools; founded the Nordic Bassoon Symposium; Minnesota Bassoon Association
For more information on John Miller, visit his faculty page here.
Principal Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Robert Williams has been Principal Bassoon for Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1974. He plays in the Cut Time Players, Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Bassoon Quartet.
Current position(s): Principal Bassoon for Detroit Symphony since 1974; performs with the Cut Time Players, Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet, DSO Bassoon Quartet, DSO Woodwind Quartet, and Grant Teton Music Festival; faculty member at Wayne State University
Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Tucson Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, and Winnipeg CBC Orchestra
Education: Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from University of Arizona; graduate school at University of Southern California
Recordings: Involved in Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s recordings conducted by Antal Dorati; recording with Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet
Notable performances/accomplishments: Featured guest artist at University of Nebraska, Bowling Green State University, Arizona State University’s Bassoon Day, Fresno State University’s Double Reed Day, & Glickman-Popkin Double Reed Camp; played joint recital at IDRS in Evanston, IL
Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at Tanglewood, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Arizona.
Fox Artist Emeritus
Yoshi currently teaches masterclasses throughout Asia and Europe. He was the Soloist and Principal Bassoonist of Nagoya Philharmonic from 1975-2006. Nakanishi was appointed as Fox Artist Emeritus in 2017.
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi is Fox's first Artist Emeritus!
Current position(s): Teaching masterclasses throughout Asia and Europe
Previous position(s): Soloist and Principal Bassoonist of Nagoya Philharmonic (1975-2006); Principal Bassoon for London Symphony Orchestra Canada and New Chamber Winds; Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Japan Fine Arts Music Association Director; Tokai Chamber Soloist Representative
Education: Yoshi is a graduate of the Toho Music Conservatory and the Indiana University. His teachers were Munio Tozawa, Leonard Sharrow, and Stephen Maxim.
Notable performances/accomplishments: As a soloist, Yoshi performed and recorded concerti by Mozart, Hummel, Weber, and Jolivet with the London Mozart Players and Nagoya Philharmonic. He was awarded the "Culture Medal Aich Prefecture" in 1979.