Spring 2021 Bassoon Lesson Syllabus

Course Requirements and Checklist for Music Education Majors

Weissenborn Duet Play Along

(Play along with the teacher part or the student part of the 25 bassoon duets by Julius Weissenborn. Notated music is included in the video!)

Dr. Margaret P. Fay

Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Music History



SFA Bassoon Studio Guest Master Class 

February 3, 2021, 1:00 p.m. CST, Online

Guest Artist Samuel Fraser, Principal bassoonist of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra

SFA Faculty Recital with Oboist Dr. Abby Held
March 30, 2021, 2:30 p.m., SFA School of Music, Tent 2
Featuring Dr. Abby Held, oboe; Dr. Margaret P. Fay, bassoon; and Dr. James Pitts, piano

SFA Wind Ensemble Concert

April 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.


Featuring SFA bassoonists Alyssa Hardy, Troy Barnes, and Nelson Schulze

SFA Bassoon Studio Spring 2021 Recital
April 17, 2021, 2:30 p.m., SFA School of Music, Tent 2
Solos and chamber music by the SFA bassoon majors

SFA Symphonic Band and University Band

April 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m.


Featuring SFA bassoonists Andrew Simpson, Isabel Bollin, and Morgan Brewer

SFA Faculty Recital: Stone Fort Wind Quintet
April 22, 2021, 4:30 p.m., SFA School of Music, Tent 2
Featuring Dr. Christina Guenther, flute; Dr. Abby Held, oboe; Dr. Chris Ayer, clarinet; Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; and Dr. Margaret P. Fay, bassoon

SFA Wind Symphony

April 26, 2021, 7:30 p.m.


Featuring SFA bassoonist Nelson Schulze

SFA Symphony Orchestra

April 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m.


Featuring SFA bassoonists Alyssa Hardy and Troy Barnes

‚ÄčWhether you want to major in music or continue your bassoon studies while pursuing a second passion, Stephen F. Austin State University has the program for you! All SFA 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 access to a fully-equipped reed making room. The SFA School of Music hosts hundreds of concerts and events every year in its two stunning performance halls: Cole Concert Hall and Recital Hall. SFA owns two contrabassoons and several bassoons that are available for use in student ensembles. SFA bassoon studio graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers as band directors, private music teachers, orchestral musicians, and reed makers.

Here at SFA, 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 SFA, in music or other disciplines, 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. 

SFA School of Music Website

Undergraduate Auditions
Graduate Auditions


Bachelor of Music in Composition

Bachelor of Music Education with All-Level Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology

Minor in Music


Master of Music in Performance

Master of Music in Conducting

Master of Music in Music Education

Master of Music in Theory-Composition