You don't decide to be an artist, you discover that you are one.
-- James Baldwin
If I don't practice for one day, I know it. If I don't practice for one week,
my friends know it. If I don't practice for one month, everyone knows it.
-- Arthur Rubinstein
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice.
And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
-- Charlie Parker
Welcome to my home on the web. I am an active teacher and performer
on the bassoon and contrabassoon in the Chicagoland area.
Additionally, I am also experienced as an orchestral conductor.
As a performer I am the contrabassoonist with Rockford Symphony,
Bel Canto Chorus Orchestra; I additionally perform with numerous
other area orchestras as both a bassoonist and contrabassoonist.
I am a founding member of the Chicagoland Bassoon Teachers Symposium; an organization with the goal of sharing ideas, techniques, and generally helping to make all members better instructors for our students.
As a conductor I conducted the Spring 2008 Musical at the University of St. Francis, Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella. While was difficult to fit conducting into my schedule, it was a great pleasure to have this recent opportunity, and I enjoyed it immensely!
I am an active member of the AFM (American Federation of Musicians, the Musicians Union), Local 10-208, the IDRS (International Double Reed Society), as well as the NEA (National Education Association), Illinois Education Association member.
I hope that you will find this site useful. I particularly hope that my students will find all the information they need handy to them - recommended tools, music, schedules, etc.
For those interested about my instruments, I play on the following:
Fox 201 Bassoon - which I purchased new in 1998
outfitted with a Fox high-resonance bell
Bocal - currently using a Leitzinger MV2, silver plated, British Bend
occasionally use a Moosmann Interpret Series, Gold Plated, British Bend
occasionally use a Heckel C1, British Bend
PROUDLY playing on Legere reeds!!!
Mollenhauer Contrabassoon - purchased in 2000; this is a pre-war (WW II) contra, formerly played in the Detroit Symphony
(named Boris 'the Beast')
switch between a Heckel bocal & a Fox bocal