January 18, 2014
UNH Double Reed Day
Master Class: From the Inside Out—Exploring Creativity

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, I'll lead an interactive master class for all ages and abilities at the University of New Hampshire.

Rachael Elliott, bassoonTap into your inner creativity and explore bassoon playing from the inside out during this guided workshop. This class, designed for all bassoonists from beginner to seasoned veteran, explores ways to generate ideas, express yourself, and create music spontaneously. Like musical actors, we will use our bassoons to create moods, narratives, and scenes. The session ends with an informal 'performance' of a new, improvised bassoon ensemble piece that is created by all.

For more information on attending the University of New Hampshire's Double Reed Day, please visit UNH's Double Reed Day webpage.

Hosted by Janet Polk, UNH bassoon instructor

2014 UNH Double Reed Day brochure [PDF]


April 6, 2013
VYOA Woodwind Day

Join us on Saturday, April 6, 2013 for VYOA's Woodwind Day. Heliand Consort performs at 1 pm, followed by an afternoon of clinics and workshops for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon players. Guest artist Kenneth Andrews, flute professor from the Crane School of Music will be leading the flute master class. Also included is a panel discussion, a combined woodwind ensemble for all participants, and a variety of vendors specializing in woodwind instruments, music and supplies. For further details, please visit Heliand Consort's website.

When:     12:30-5:00 pm
Where:    Vermont Youth Orchestra Association
Address: Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College
                223 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester, Vermont 05446
Cost:       Free

Free and open to the public! Woodwind players of all ages and levels of experience are invited to participate. Parents and music educators are also welcome to attend.
Sponsored by the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association

  2013 VYOA Woodwind Day brochure [PDF]


November 15, 2011
VYOA Bassoon Day

Bassoon Day takes place in Vermont on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The afternoon comprises bassoon workshops, master classes and performances with guest artist, Dana Jessen. Ms. Jessen is working at the forefront of new music: she has collaborated with musicians and engineers to create interactive musical robots, performed widely across the U.S. and Europe, worked regularly with video artists, and is currently commissioning a major new bassoon ensemble work from American composer, Michael Gordon. Plainly put, Dana is a mover-and-a-shaker who will bring ideas, energy and inspiration to musicians of all ages.

When:     3:30-8:00 pm
Where:    Vermont Youth Orchestra Association
Address: Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College
                223 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester, Vermont 05446
Cost:       Free

Workshops on playing with amplification; improvisation; bassoon band & master class
Free and open to all interested musicians, parents, educators
Co-sponsored by the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association and Bassoon Project

  2011 VYOA Bassoon Day brochure [PDF]

  2011 VYOA Bassoon Day poster [PDF]

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November 16, 2011
Minimalist BassoonFest at UVM

The festivities continue on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at the University of Vermont, with a free afternoon concert of music by minimalist masters Terry Riley and Tom Johnson, Steve Reich's Clapping Music performed by UVM students, and post-minimalist bassoon music by Marc Mellits, Michael Gordon, and David Lang. It's all part of a big minimalist bash and precedes an evening concert & lecture with Mr. Steve Reich.
Co-sponsored by the UVM Music Department and Bassoon Project

When:     2:00 pm
Where:    Livak Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Student Center
Address: 590 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05405

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Bassoon Project History

Rachael Elliott created the Bassoon Project in 2006 to promote the bassoon and its repertoire through performance and recordings, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary music by living composers. Activities include the following:

Presenting chamber music concerts with an emphasis on new & recent works by living composers

Hosting workshops for bassoonists of all ages and abilities on a range of musical topics

Offering master classes to bassoon students

Facilitating student solo and chamber music performances in the community, including concerts in schools and long-term care facilities

Producing recordings of new music for bassoon

In addition to the goals of performance and creation, the Bassoon Project also strives to enliven bassoon pedagogy through master classes and workshops featuring guest artist–teachers.

Your contributions are essential to continuing this work. In the past two years, Bassoon Project funding has assisted a student in purchasing a new bassoon, supported three bassoon band meetings in Durham, NC, and a student recital in May 2012 in VT, among other projects. To help fund Bassoon Project activities or volunteer for a concert or workshop, please visit the Support page.

Recent Guests:
Dana Jessen (founder of New Music Bassoon Commissioning Fund and Rushes Ensemble, 2011)
Janet Polk (University of New Hampshire, 2008)
Lynn Hileman (West Virginia University, 2006)
Paul Beck (at-large, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Librarian, 2006)
Jane Rigler (flutist/composer/improviser, 2006)

2008bsnproj poster  2006bp poster
  2008 Bassoon Project Brochure [March 2008, 192 KB pdf]