Whether you want to major in music or continue your bassoon studies while pursuing a second passion, Western University has the program for you! All Western bassoon students receive weekly lessons, play in a large ensemble, participate in bassoon studio performance classes, perform in the annual bassoon studio recital, and have access to a fully-equipped reed making room. The Don Wright Faculty of Music hosts hundreds of concerts and performance events every year, and our world-class Music Library holds more than 1300 sheet music titles that call for bassoon! Western owns a contrabassoon and Baroque bassoons that are available for use in student ensembles. Western bassoon studio graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers as orchestral musicians, band directors, private music teachers, reed makers, and music librarians.

Undergraduate Auditions

Graduate Auditions



Western University boasts two bassoon teachers: Dr. Margaret Fay and Alexandre von Wartburg. 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 Western University, in music or other disciplines, you are encouraged to contact us via e-mail to set up a trial lesson, arrange a tour, ask any bassoon-related questions, or simply to introduce yourself.

  The  Western University Bassoon Studio's COVID-19 virtual recording project

Dr. Margaret P. Fay


Alexandre von Wartburg



Symphony Orchestra

Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Band

Opera Orchestra

Early Music Studio

Contemporary Music Studio

Chamber Music

*Bassoonists at Western University who are non-music majors may also audition for Western ensembles. Ensemble auditions take place in early September. For more information on ensemble placement auditions, please click here.


Weekly Performance Class for Bassoonists

Annual Bassoon Studio Recital

Solo Recitals

Guest Master Classes

Chamber Music Recital Series

Student Composer Concerts

Maritsa Brooks Concerto Competition

Winds/Brass and Percussion Concerto Competition