Summer Programs

Bassoon Forum

seated bassoon player is coached by standing bassoon teacher on stage of small recital hall
Bassoon professor Drew Pattison works with bassoon student in Kulas Recital Hall.
Photo credit: Michael Lynn

Wednesday, June 29-Saturday, July 2, 2022

Please note: All summer programs are subject to the College's public health and Obiesafe policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants agree to adhere to all College policy while participating in a summer program. 

The forum is open to advanced high school bassoonists aiming to prepare their playing for college auditions and summer festivals. Students will study the top four excerpts with Chicago Symphony Principal Bassoonist Keith Buncke, upgrade their fundamentals in daily technique sessions and master classes, and receive individualized instruction in private lessons with Oberlin Conservatory bassoon professor Drew Pattison. Additional opportunities will include playing chamber music and mentorship with a current student bassoonist in the Oberlin Conservatory bassoon studio.

This registration will remain open until program is filled.


Photo of Drew PattisonAssistant Professor of Bassoon, Drew Pattison has held principal positions with the Elgin and Lake Forest symphonies and second bassoon in the Houston Opera. His extensive freelancing throughout the Chicago area has included performances with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, and Milwaukee Symphony.

He studied with George Sakakeeny at Oberlin, Bill Buchman at DePaul University, and Richard Beene at the Colburn School. Before joining the Oberlin Conservatory faculty, he taught at DePaul from 2013 to 2017.

In his spare time, Pattison is interested in health, food, and fitness.

Follow his podcast and hear his music at

Photo of Keith BunckeKeith Buncke began as principal bassoon with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in July 2015, appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti. He previously served as principal bassoon with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a post to which he was appointed in 2014 while still attending the Curtis Institute of Music.

In addition to his Chicago Symphony playing, Buncke has performed chamber music both in Chicago and around the country at festivals like Marlboro and La Jolla. He has been a frequent guest artist and teacher at Aspen Music Festival and the Interlochen Academy and Camp, and has given masterclasses at universities across the country. He is an adjunct faculty at DePaul University.

Buncke began his bassoon studies in his hometown of Lake Oswego, Oregon. He then studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy for his junior and senior year of high school. He continued his education at Curtis, as well as the summer festivals of Pacific, Sarasota, Tanglewood, and the Music Academy of the West. His major teachers include Lyle Dockendorff, Mark Eubanks, Dr. Eric Stomberg and Daniel Matsukawa.

1-3pm    Registration and moving in
3:00pm Master Class
5:15pm  Dinner at Stevenson Dining Hall

11am  Chamber Concert

Please note that the application requires you to include a link to a video recording of a solo piece that demonstrates your level of skill.

The application will remain open until program is filled.


Application fee: $55

Program fee, including dormitory room with linens and all-you-can-eat meals at the dining hall: $800

Please note that all fees paid are nonrefundable

Payment deadlines:

$200 deposit due one week after acceptance

Final payment due by May 1, 2022

You may make an electronic payment, or to send a check, please make the check payable to Oberlin College and mail to:

Bassoon Workshop
Conservatory of Music
77 West College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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