Dr. Margaret P. Fay

  Assistant Teaching Professor of Bassoon

  Email: mpf5656@psu.edu


The Penn State Bassoon Studio is led by bassoonist and composer Dr. Margaret P. Fay. Whether you want to major in music or continue your bassoon studies while pursuing a second passion, Penn State has the program for you! All Penn State bassoon students receive weekly private lessons, participate in a weekly bassoon studio performance classes, play in a large ensemble, perform in bassoon studio recitals, and have the opportunity to work with special guests. Penn State owns a contrabassoon and several high-quality bassoons that are available for use in student ensembles and lessons. 

The Penn State School of Music hosts hundreds of concerts and events every year in its two stunning performance halls: the Recital Hall and Eisenhower Auditorium. Non-music majors are welcome to audition for student ensembles and private lessons for credit, and enroll in certain music courses.

Here at Penn State, we thrive on helping our bassoon students achieve their individual musical goals and strive to create a studio environment that is congenial, industrious, and buzzing with creativity. If you are a bassoonist who is interested in pursuing studies at Penn State, in music or any other discipline, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Fay via e-mail to set up a trial lesson (virtual or in-person), arrange a tour, ask any bassoon-related questions, or simply to introduce yourself. 

Penn State School of Music Website

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Graduate Audition Requirements


Sunday, December 4, 2022
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Saturday, February 4, 2023

Other dates are possible. Contact Dr. Fay to request another date.


Bachelor of Music (Composition or Performance)

Bachelor of Music Education

Bachelor of Musical Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Music Performance Minor

Music Studies Minor

Music Technology Minor

Jazz Performance Minor


The Bassoon TA position at Penn State is currently filled and will be open again to a master's student who would like to start in Fall 2024. The Penn State School of Music also offers a limited number of graduate assistantships in other areas that are not instrument-specific. Anyone interested in attending Penn State for graduate studies in bassoon is encouraged to contact Dr. Fay at any time to schedule a trial lesson and discuss funding possibilities. The Professional Performance Certificate in Music (PPC) is an extremely affordable program for motivated students who have completed a Bachelor of Music and seek flexibility in their studies. PPC Tuition for the entire 2022-2023 academic year is only $2,000 ($2500 for international students).

​Master of Music (Performance, Composition, or Conducting)

​Master of Arts in Music (Music History or Music Theory)

Master of Music Education

Professional Performance Certificate in Music