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.
- Program Type: Major, Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma
- Bachelor of Music (BM)
- Performance Diploma (PDip)
- Artist Diploma (ADip)
- Division: Winds, Brass, and Percussion
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.
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
May 18, 2021
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.