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.
DEGREE OPTIONS FOR BASSOONISTS
WESTERN UNIVERSITY BASSOON STUDIO
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
Margaret P. Fay
Bassoonist. Teacher. Music Theorist.
Dr. Margaret P. Fay
Alexandre von Wartburg
ENSEMBLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BASSOONISTS*
*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.
OTHER PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Weekly Performance Class for Bassoonists
Annual Bassoon Studio Recital
Guest Master Classes