Jordan College of Fine Arts
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Dr. Douglas E. Spaniol, bassoon


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Doug Spaniol is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Woodwinds in the School of Music at Butler University's Jordan College of the Arts, where he teaches bassoon and courses in reed-making, pedagogy, theory, and chamber music. In the summers, he serves as instructor of bassoon at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp. He was previously a member of the faculty at Valdosta State University and has twice served as visiting professor at The Ohio State University.  His instructional book for bassoonists, The New Weissenborn Method for Bassoon(Hal Leonard, 2010), has been called "a must for all your beginning students" (The Double Reed) and "an invaluable addition to bassoon literature...a landmark in pedagogy" (Double Reed News).   His new edition of Julius Weissenborn's Advanced Studies, op. 8, no 2, (Accolade, 2012) makes available for the first time all 60 of these studies as Weissenborn originally intended.

His bassoon students have enjoyed remarkable success, including being named a winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, an alternate in the International Double Reed Society's Young Artists Competition, and finalist in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition.  Other competition successes have lead to concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (two students), the Butler Symphony Orchestra (six students), Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra (three students), the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and the Kokomo Park Band. His students have won positions and/or performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and many other ensembles. In addition, his students have performed on National Public Radio's From the Top, been offered scholarships and graduate assistantships to this country's finest music schools, and have won prizes in competitions sponsored by Pi Kappa Lambda, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and the American Federation of Musicians. Dynamic Agenda, a bassoon quartet of Butler students, appeared on an Emmy-winning episode of WFYI's Across Indiana television magazine.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Spaniol spent the first half of 2012 in England teaching at the University of York and furthering his research and restoration of Weissenborn's pedagogical bassoon works. Previously, he was named a Marshall Scholar and subsequently studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded the prestigious postgraduate diploma in performance.  As such, he may be the only person to ever receive both a Marshall Scholarship and a Fulbright Scholar Award to the UK.

Dr. Spaniol has presented masterclasses internationally at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff), and the St. Petersburg (Russia) Conservatory. In the US, he has led masterclasses and workshops at Indiana University, Michigan State University, the University of Wisconsin, and for the Music for All/Bands of America National Festival, among many others. He frequently appears as a performer/presenter at music education conferences and the annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society. He served for six years as the Bassoon Chair for the IDRS's Fernand Gillet - Hugo Fox Competition.

As a performer, Dr. Spaniol has appeared as concerto soloist with Sinfonia da Camera, the St. Petersburg Classical Symphony Orchestra, Solisti St. Petersburg, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and Butler's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Jordan Sinfonia. He can be heard as soloist on two CDs: Bassoon with a View (Innova 520) and Frank Felice: Sidewalk Music (Capstone CPS-8707). As a member of Arbítrio (with Alicia Cordoba Tait, oboe, and Bradley Haag, piano) he has performed throughout the Midwest, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and recorded a CD for Centaur Records (CRC 3013). He served as principal/co-principal bassoon of Sinfonia da Camera for twelve seasons, including a tour of England, broadcasts on NPR's Performance Today, and CDs on Albany and Zephyr Records and the Classical Music for Dummies CD. He has also performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, and many other ensembles.  In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Art Garfunkel, Sandi Patty, Michael Feinstein, Nancy Griffith, Daniel Narducci, and country star Collin Raye.

Dr. Spaniol earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University as well as Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Illinois. His bassoon teachers include Christopher Weait, William Waterhouse, and E. Sanford Berry.  An Artist/Clinician for Yamaha Corporation, Dr. Spaniol plays a Yamaha YFG-811 bassoon.

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