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MU Bassoon Ensemble Selected to Perform at the 2011 Midwest Clinic/International Band and Orchestra Conference
The MU Bassoon Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Rodney Ackmann, will perform on December 15 at the 2011 Midwest Clinic/International Band and Orchestra Conference. This annual event attracts tens of thousands of musicians to Chicago from all over the world, and invitations to perform are the result of a highly competitive selection process. For more about Midwest, see http://www.midwestclinic.org/.
The University of Missouri Bassoon Ensemble, under the direction of Rodney F. Ackmann, is an integral part of the bassoon studio at Mizzou. This ensemble, encompassing both undergraduate and graduate students, made its MU performance debut in February 2008 at Whitmore Recital Hall. Since that time, they have been featured in performances at the St. Charles Double Reed Day, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Ellis Library Chamber Music Series, the MU Friends of Music, Mizzou Double Reed Day, as well as campus studio recitals each semester. They also perform community outreach and educational programs in the Columbia area. In January 2011, the MU Bassoon Ensemble was invited, through competitive audition, to perform for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) annual Conference at Tan-Tar-A.
The Ensemble performs a wide array of styles from Renaissance to 21st century, and range from four to twelve parts. A number of MU bassoonists have contributed both arrangements and original compositions to the ensemble’s repertoire. Bassoonists in the ensemble have won numerous statewide and regional awards in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) solo and chamber music competitions. Several MU bassoonists have been chosen to perform as principal bassoonist and contrabassoonist with Missouri All-Collegiate Band and Orchestra over the past 5 years. More recently, three members of the ensemble were chosen to perform in master classes at conferences of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) in Tempe, Arizona (2011) and Norman, Oklahoma (2010).