BassoonaRAMa brings together bassoonists ranging in ages 12 to 72, from across the country, and features guest artists and clinicians. This year's all virtual BassoonaRAMa features today's multifaceted bassoon successes, and explores what it means to have a life and success in and around music. Our 2021 guest artists include chamber and orchestral musicians, college professors, music researchers, and professional reed manufacturers.
We welcome bassoon students of all levels, teachers, and enthusiasts to join us for a day of masterclasses, academic presentations, reed roundtables, recitals, and discussions about all things bassoon. Registration required — free to auditors.
This year's events and artists include:
- Expert Insights: "Beyond the Orchestra Excerpts" (Sara Erb, Sara Fruehe, Nellie Sommer)
- Reed Roundtable: "Building a Business" (Ariel Detwiler/ACDC Reeds, Julie Threatte/Barton Cane)
- Performance Masterclasses: "Advancing" (Kika Wright) and "Aspiring" (Cayla Bellamy)
Since 2006, BassoonaRAMa has been an event that gives bassoonists the rare opportunity to be in the same room with a large number of other bassoonists. There is something for all ages and experience levels. —Gary Moody
Featured Guest Artist:
Honduran-born bassoonist Kika Wright is an energetic and versatile performer, recently transplanted to New York City where she is working as a freelance musician. She is an active chamber musician and serves as the bassoonist for The Deep Tones Ensemble and Incidental Chamber Players. Previously, she was a member of the music arts collective Mind on Fire, as well as an active freelance musician in the Baltimore-DC area. A dedicated educator, Ms. Wright served as the double-reed instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, bassoon instructor and chamber music coach at the Levine School in Washington DC, and as adjunct professor of double reeds at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.
In May 2015, Ms. Wright completed the Artist Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, where she was the recipient of the Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarship. For two years, Ms. Wright participated in the Performance Residency Program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. During this period, Ms. Wright was active in the Pittsburgh music community, performing with many regional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and university ensembles. She can be heard performing with various groups on WQED FM’s Performance in Pittsburgh series.
Ms. Wright has had the pleasure of performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Heinz Hall of Pittsburgh, Koerner Hall in Toronto, and the Sala Mozart Hall of the Palacio de Congresos in Zaragoza, Spain. She has had the honor of playing under the batons of Osmo Vänskä, Manfred Honeck, Jeffrey Kahane, Anne Manson, Leon Fleisher, Tito Muñoz and Johannes Debus.
Ms. Wright has performed with Trilogy Opera Company, Hamptons Festival Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, DC String Project, Manhattan Opera Studio, Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony, and other regional orchestras. Ms. Wright has participated in summer music programs in the U.S. and Canada, including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Former teachers include Frank Morelli, Nancy Goeres, Daryl Durran, and Marc Vallon. Ms. Wright is a member of the International Double Reed Society and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.
9:00 a.m. Artists’ Welcome Recital
9:20 a.m. Expert Insights Panel
- Sara Erb - Chamber Music Excerpts
- Sara Fruehe - Opera and Theatre Excerpts
- Cornelia Sommer - Programmatic Fairy Tale Excerpts
10:40 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m. Aspiring Artists Masterclass
- Cayla Bellamy, clinician
12:10 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Advancing Artists Masterclass
- Kika Wright, clinician
2:30 p.m. Reed Roundtable
- Ariel Detwiler - ACDC Reeds
- Julie Threatte - Barton Cane
3:30 p.m. Virtual Exhibit Hall / Break
3:45 p.m. Home of the BassoonaRAMa
- Virtual Tour of School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
- Q&A with CSU students
4:00 p.m. Closing Questions and Discussion
- Cayla Bellamy and Kika Wright
Previous Guest Artists:
Virtual Event: Saturday, April 3, 2021 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. MST
- Free to audit any and all events
- $10 to perform in one of two masterclasses — aach class is limited to 5 people;based on order of registration/payment.
- Performance registration fee waived for CSU students
- Registration required