Musical Performance – Bassoon

My Instrument

In August 2019 I upgraded to a Fox Renard Artist Model 240 bassoon purchased through Midwest Musical Imports of Minneapolis..

Groups With Which I Have Played the Bassoon

  • Bethel University Wind Ensemble ~ 2016-2019
  • University of Minnesota Summer Orchestra ~ 2017, 2019
  • Macalester Community Band ~ 1976-1977
  • University of Minnesota Concert Band ~ 1975-1977
  • St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University ~ 1972-1975
Bethel University Concert Band, May 2017
Bethel University Concert Band, May 2017 (I am in the yellow circle – the director of the group, Dr. Stephen Thompson, is just to the right.  Click here for an article in Ireland’s Independent newspaper about the group’s performance at a concert  in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin as part of their 2019 tour of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Teachers

Over the years I have taken bassoon lessons from William L. Jones, Norbert Nielubowski, Katie Bauernfeind (shown in the photo below) and others. In May 2017 I played the contrabassoon for the first time on Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.

Katie Bauernfeind and Bob Oganovic
Katie Bauernfeind and I are shown here in a photograph taken in September 2017. Katie is a bassoon specialist for Fox and a fine performer. My t-shirt reads “BASSOON – I wet my reeds with the tears of brass player [sic]”.

Examples of Repertoire Performed

ComposerPieceEnsemblePart played/other
Bach, J.S.Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die StimmeOrchestraBassoon (continuo)
Beethoven, Ludwig vanPiano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"Orchestra2nd bassoon
Coleridge-Taylor, SamuelChristmas OvertureOrchestra2nd bassoon
Finzi, Gerald Dies Natalis (excerpts)Orchestra2nd bassoon
Gould, Morton Symphony for BandConcert Band2nd bassoon
Grainger, PercyLincolnshire PosyConcert Band1st bassoon
Handel, G.F.Messiah (excerpts)OrchestraBassoon (continuo)
Hindemith, PaulSymphony in B-flatConcert Band2nd bassoon
Holst, GustavFirst Suite for Military Band in E-flatConcert Band2nd bassoon
-----------Second Suite for Military Band in FConcert Band2nd bassoon
Honegger, Arthur Le Roi DavidOrchestraCovered both 1st & 2nd
Mendelssohn, FelixThe HebridesOrchestra2nd bassoon
Mennin, PeterCanzonaConcert Band2nd bassoon
Prokofiev, SergeiPiano Concerto No. 3 C MajorOrchestra2nd bassoon
Shostakovich, Dmitri Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major (1st movement)Orchestra2nd bassoon
Sibelius, JeanSymphony No. 2Orchestra2nd bassoon
Stravinsky, IgorFirebird Suite (1919)Orchestra2nd bassoon
Tchaikovsky, PyotrCapriccio ItalienOrchestra2nd bassoon
Vaughan Williams, RalphDona Nobis PacemOrchestraContrabassoon
-----------The Lark AscendingOrchestra1st bassoon
Wagner, RichardDie Meistersinger (excerpts)Orchestra2nd bassoon
Washburn, RobertSymphony for BandConcert Band1st bassoon