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The bassoon is the lowest member of the woodwind family and is essentially a long tube, folded in half, with lots of metal keys. If you were to “unfold” a bassoon, it would be almost 8 feet long! Even though the bassoon is much taller and bigger than the oboe, both instruments have a double reed. And, just like oboe players, bassoon players typically make their own reeds using cane, cork and thread.

Artists

Fei Xie

Principal Bassoon, Norman B. Mears Chair

Mark Kelley

Co-Principal Bassoon, Marjorie F. and George H. Dixon Chair

J. Christopher Marshall

Bassoon

Norbert Nielubowski

Bassoon / Contrabassoon