Bassoon at Arts Academy

Why Study Bassoon at Interlochen

Playing the bassoon gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and become an asset in any ensemble. At Interlochen, we help you become not only a better bassoonist but a better musician. Explore the possibilities the bassoon has to offer and dive into its complex and colorful sound.

What You’ll Learn

Interlochen Arts Academy is the top-rated boarding school for bassoon. Through a combination of individual instruction and studio classes, you'll develop your unique skillset and work at your own pace. You'll work on improving technique, vibrato, intonation, and musicality. Our excellent instructors will expose you to a variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire and you'll learn by playing along with and listening to your fellow students.

We also know the importance of reed making in your training and dedicate time to make sure you're self-sufficient in making bassoon reeds. We'll teach you both reed making and reed scraping techniques so you can address specific technical aspects of tone, technique, and intonation.

How to Apply

Audition Requirements

Meet the Faculty

Eric Stomberg, D.M.A.

Director of Music; Instructor of Bassoon

All Faculty

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Students will have opportunities to participate in ensembles like Orchestra and Wind Symphony. You'll also have the opportunity to develop chamber music projects and collaborative projects across musical genres and artistic disciplines. Learn more in our Explore Ensembles section below.

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Master Classes

Participate in master classes with guest artists drawn from network of alumni and leading bassoon performers and teachers.

Reed-Making and Maintenance

You'll have access to reed-making tools and machines, giving you the ability to learn the entire reed-making process.

Explore Ensembles


A recipient of the American Prize, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs an advanced repertoire that includes symphonies, concerti, contemporary works, and original compositions.


Wind Symphony

The American Prize-winning Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony presents a diverse and challenging repertoire in regular live, prerecorded, and public radio performances.



Assembled at the faculty's discretion, chamber music ensembles are offered as electives in the Music division. Each ensemble is coached by one of the Arts Academy's acclaimed instrumental faculty.



Interlochen Arts Academy’s multiple contemporary music ensembles foster collaboration, musicianship, and stagecraft through regular rehearsal and performance opportunities.


Guest Artists

  • Keith Buncke, Principal Bassoon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Patricia Rogers Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (ret.)
  • William Short Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Barrick Stees Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music

The friendships that you make and the bonds that bring you closer together...I feel like that can only happen at Interlochen.

Conrad Cornelison, Jacksonville Symphony Principal Bassoon

Men Who Don't Bite

Instructor of Bassoon and President of the Double Reed Society Eric Stomberg performs Schubert's Quartet for Piano and Strings in A Major and Blue Set #2 by Peter Schickele with his quartet, Men Who Don't Bite.

College Matriculation

Recent Interlochen Arts Academy Music Division students have continued their education at the following institutions and beyond.

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Rice University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University

The Audition

When 21-year-old bassoonist Keith Buncke (IAC 08, IAA 09-11) first stepped out onto the stage at Symphony Center, the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, it was a dream come true… almost.

Learn more about Keith

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Dive deeper into Interlochen Arts Academy with a free digital viewbook

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In our free informational booklet, you'll learn more about: 

  • Each of our seven arts areas 
  • Renowned faculty 
  • College-preparatory academics 
  • Student resources 
  • How to apply and financial aid information 
  • And more