- Faculty & Staff
Laura Koepke, Associate Professor
About the area:
You will find yourself surrounded by dedicated and supportive colleagues in the bassoon studio at Fredonia. The atmosphere is active, exciting, and positive, and the musical environment is one of continuous improvement and growth. While there is healthy competition, the Fredonia bassoon studio is a team, and every student is a valuable member. Every bassoonist comes to college with his/her own unique level of experience and ability. As your teacher, I will help you assess your own strengths and weaknesses, guide you on your musical journey, and give you the tools you need to reach your goals.
In the bassoon studio at Fredonia, there are weekly master classes, one-hour lessons for both Music Education and Performance majors, and a weekly reed-making class. Every fall, the bassoon and oboe studios host Fredonia’s “Double Reed Day” which is not only informative and educational, but a lot of fun, too! There is an active woodwind chamber music program at Fredonia, and you will have opportunities to play bassoon chamber music as well - bassoon trios, quartets, and large bassoon ensemble pieces. We’ve had several fantastic guest artists come to work with the studio recently, including Frank Morelli, Christopher Weait, Phil Austin, jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz, Monica Ellis (Imani Winds), Martin Kuuskmann, and Harry Searing (bassoon and contrabassoon).
The bassoon studio at Fredonia has its own reed room, equipped with a gouging machine, profiler, and shapers. It’s a great space for studio members to share reed-making ideas and for learning and perfecting reed-making techniques. In addition, Fredonia owns many bassoons for your use, including three Heckel bassoons, two Puchner bassoons, and two contrabassoons, a Fox and a Puchner.
At Fredonia, there is a wide variety of musical experiences that only a large and established music school can offer. As a bassoonist, you will have many wonderful, exciting, and unique performing opportunities, and as your teacher, I cherish the opportunity I have to help you discover your path and your passion as a musician and future professional.
Please feel free to contact me, Laura Koepke, if you have any questions about the bassoon studio or the music program at Fredonia. I encourage you to come and visit the school, and to meet with me, as well as other members of the bassoon studio. I look forward to meeting you!