Program Overview


Our bassoon program offers a collaborative studio environment for weekly lessons, master classes of solo, chamber, and orchestral excerpt study, and reed making with double-reed room access.

Bassoon section of Oberlin Orchestra in concert at Chicago Symphony Center.
Members of the Oberlin Orchestra performing on tour at Chicago’s Symphony Center.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Major, Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma
    • Bachelor of Music (BM)
    • Performance Diploma (PDip)
    • Artist Diploma (ADip)
  • Division: Winds, Brass, and Percussion


Drew Pattison, Assistant Professor
(440) 775-5525
Concerto winner Carl Gardner performs with Oberlin Chamber Orchestra.
The 2014 Senior Concerto Competition winner Carl Gardner gives a solo performance with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Oberlin Chamber Orchestra

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles. From historical performance to contemporary guitar, classical to popular, computer-generated to acoustic, and from time-tested compositions to newer works, the college and conservatory present performances to satisfy any musical interest.

Performance Ensembles

Master Classes

Weekly studio classes and regular master classes for the bassoon studio involve mock orchestral auditions, reinforcement of fundamentals, chamber music performances, solo recital performances, guest master classes, and many other types of performance opportunities. We encourage students to support their colleagues with positive and constructive feedback. Oberlin cultivates a learning environment in which students are open to making mistakes without consequence in larger public performances.

Drew Pattison coaches a bassoon student in studio class in Kulas Recital Hall.
Drew Pattison coaches a bassoon student in studio class in Kulas Recital Hall.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin Conservatory

Bassoon Faculty

Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.

The biggest difference between a student and professional is their skill level at practicing. The art of practicing is my primary focus with every student at Oberlin. That way, rather than being limited to my ideal concept of playing, the student can achieve their own ideal style of playing.

Drew Pattison, Assistant Professor of Bassoon

Bassoon News

Life After Oberlin

Bassoon and double-degree graduates are prepared to pursue professional music careers as soloists or with a range of ensembles—from major orchestras to contemporary chamber groups; many earn principal appointments. Others work in schools, conservatories, and in professions outside of music.

Notable Oberlin Alumni