The Butler Bassoon Studio
The Butler University Bassoon Studio is an awesome group of students led by two bassoon professors: Doug Spaniol and Kelly Swensson. Very few schools have more than one bassoon teacher, and when they do, usually all the teachers are part-time instructors. Butler offers the advantage of a full-time bassoon professor (Spaniol) plus an outstanding part-time instructor (Swensson). Students have their choice of private teacher each semester and benefit from working with both teachers in reed-making and studio classes.
Students in the Butler Bassoon Studio have achieved some amazing things like being named finalist in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and alternate in the IDRS Young Artist Competition. Six students have been named winner in the JCA Concerto Competition leading to concerto performances with the Butler Symphony Orchestra. Butler bassoon students have also won prizes in competitions sponsored by Pi Kappa Lambda, Matinee Musicale, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, Kokomo Park Band, and others.
Butler bassoon students have performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Fort Wayne and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Symphony Orchestras of Anderson, Carmel, Danville (IL), Kokomo, and Lafayette, among other ensembles. Many teach privately through the Butler Community Arts School and elsewhere in Indianapolis.
Graduates of the Butler Bassoon Studio have been accepted to many of our country's leading graduate schools and have received impressive assistantship and scholarship offers. Many have moved on to great careers, often combining their musical training with skills learned in a second major or other classes at Butler. These include positions at Carnegie Hall, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and teaching positions at universities and public school districts.