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 arts high school for young bassoonists. 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.
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—multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.
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.
A recipient of the American Prize, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs an advanced repertoire that includes symphonies, concerti, contemporary works, and original compositions.
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.
Keith Buncke 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
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
The Juilliard School
Johns Hopkins University
Manhattan School of Music
New England Conservatory
New York University
Oberlin College and Conservatory
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
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.