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Bassoon Studio
  • From lessons to ensemble rehearsal and concerts to recitals, there is always something going on in the Bassoon Studio at Capital University.

    Applied Lessons

    Bassoon majors take weekly lessons with Professor Weait. In lessons, students perform assigned materials from each of the following categories, advancing in difficulty from the first through fourth year.

    • Warm-ups: exercises which focus on a particular aspect of bassoon playing - tone, range, articulation, intonation
    • Technique: different scales and arpeggios required each semester
    • Etudes: short one-page selections with a musical emphasis drawn from Weissenborn, Ferling and other study material
    • Repertoire: works from the literature tailored to each student's interests, strengths, challenges; includes works for bassoon and orchestra, bassoon and piano, unaccompanied bassoon solos, duets, and orchestra and chamber music excerpts
    • Reed-making: Bassoon majors will aim to be independent reed-makers by the end of their first year of study. Non-majors will aim at being confident reed adjusters.

    Bassoon majors and some minors perform at jury for the woodwind faculty at the end of each semester. A jury performance has four components:

    • Required scales
    • A prepared selection - typically a repertoire piece worked on in lessons
    • A "One-Week Piece" - a one-page etude received by the student 7 days previous to the jury that cannot be discussed with or played for Professor Weait
    • Sight-Reading

    Reed Room

    The Conservatory's reed room is a dedicated, secure space for all phases of reed-making by oboe and bassoon students. It contains a profiling machine and other reed-making tools.

    Capital's Collection of Bassoons

    The Conservatory of Music at Capital University maintains a collection of bassoons for use by registered Capital University students who play the bassoon in Conservatory ensembles. The collection includes four brand-new Fox bassoons and a Fox contrabassoon.

    Bassoon Monsoon Studio Class

    The Bassoon Monsoon at Capital University meets once a week as a studio class under the direction of Chris Weait. Students with majors outside of the Conservatory who wish to continue playing the bassoon, bassoon majors and minors are all eligible for the class with permission of the instructor.

    The class works on bassoon-related issues (reed-making, practicing strategies and technical matters), perform for each other and as a bassoon ensemble. In addition to standard works for bassoons, the ensemble repertoire also includes arrangements, transcriptions and new compositions. Students are encouraged to compose for the class. As "Bassoon Monsoon" the class performs regularly on campus and in the Columbus area. Contact Christopher Weait, Adjunct Bassoon Instructor, if you are interested in joining the ensemble.

    Information for Prospective Students

    If you are a bassoonist interested in majoring in music or if you are a bassoonist who is interested in another major area and you would like to find out more about Capital University and the Conservatory of Music's musical and degree offerings, feel free to contact Professor Weait for more information. A campus visit can include the following:

    • Campus tour
    • Meeting with Susanna Mayo, Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of Conservatory Recruitment
    • Bassoon lesson from Professor Weait
    • Symphonic Winds rehearsal, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Gershman
    • If you wish to experience "a day in the life", consider spending a day here at Capital shadowing a bassoon student. Your day's activities may include attending music classes, taking a lesson, having lunch in the dining room, and rehearsing with a Capital University ensemble.