Summer Bassoon Extravaganza (SBE)
JUNE 14 - June 20, 2015


Established in 2002, Summer Bassoon Extravaganza continues as a one-of-a-kind musical experience for bassoonists. SBE promotes musical excellence offering participants access to nationally recognized faculty and guest artists, a low student to teacher ratio and a supportive learning environment. The weeklong camp features master classes, chamber ensembles, bassoon choir, reed making, an introduction to contrabassoon, special focus sessions and privateinstruction. In the past focus sessions have included topics such as instrument repair, history of exceptional bassoonists worldwide, an introduction to Baroque bassoon, musical interpretation, audition skills, extended techniques for bassoon and more. Positive outcomes are an outgrowth of this exceptional learning experience.

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We welcome Saxton Rose--the newest member of the Summer Bassoon Extravaganza 2014 Faculty. Rose is clearly becoming a household word in the international bassoon community for his artistry as a soloist and chamber player as well as his teaching.

SBE 2015 Faculty
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Saxton Rose, is the bassoon professor and director of the contemporary music ensemble at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Principal Bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and member of Zéphyros Winds, an acclaimed NewYork-based windquintet.

Shelly Unger, DMA, is the founding director of SBE, is a freelance player, private teacher and Artist Affiliate Bassoon Instructor at Emory University. She also teaches at Reinhardt University.

Jeffrey McCray, DMA, is Associate Professor of Bassoon, University of Nebrask-Lincoln, where he has taught since 2006.

Jennifer Philpott, is a gifted music educator and bassoonist, specializes in working with young musicians.

Laura Gordy, DMA pianist, has distinguished herself as a powerful champion and performer of contemporary music, with over 80 commissions and premieres, and many professional recordings.

Michael Dicker, is full-time resident professor of bassoon at Illinois State University, and principal bassoonist with the Peoria Symphony and member of the Sonneries quintet. (On leave 2014)

Guest Artists and Clinicians

Shannon Lowe, DMA, serves as the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Valdosta State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance at SUNY Stony Brook.