Co-Principal Bassoon, Marjorie F. and George H. Dixon Chair
Co-Principal Bassoon Mark Kelley, who joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1982, has performed on numerous occasions as soloist with the Orchestra and served as acting principal bassoon in 2016 and 2017.
In 2008 Kelley was featured with three Orchestra colleagues in performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante under the direction of Sarah Hicks. In 2006 he participated in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Sinfonia concertante for Five Solo Instruments and Orchestra. Kelley has also played in many chamber concerts, performing works by Mozart, Poulenc, Strauss, Haydn, Glinka and Beethoven.
Kelley has served as principal bassoon with the Omaha Symphony, contrabassoon with the New Orleans Philharmonic and bassoon with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He is a committed educator, working with preschoolers in the Orchestra’s Kinder Konzerts and previously serving on the faculty of St. Olaf College.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kelley graduated from the University of Nebraska. Gary Echols, John Miller, George Goslee and Norman Herzberg were his principal instructors. Outside of Orchestra Hall, he can be found boating, drinking coffee and painting, and he is incredibly proud of his seven grandchildren.