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Butler University Bassoon Reed Company

The Butler Bassoon Studio

The Butler University Bassoon Studio is led by full-time bassoon professor, Doug Spaniol.

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 several professional ensembles: the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Fort Wayne and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as Anderson, Carmel, Danville (IL), Kokomo, and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras— just to name a few. Many teach private lessons through the Butler Community Arts School and elsewhere in Indianapolis.

Graduates of the Butler Bassoon Studio have been accepted to many leading graduate schools in the U. S. 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.