Bassoon Day at Rhode Island College

Friday, December 6, 2013
3:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: Monday, December 2

Two Clinics in One!

Refine your skills in a fun, yet focused one-day clinic. Rehearse and perform chamber music with other motivated students and teachers. Evening performance on stage at Rhode Island College.
No fee. Dinner is provided.

Band Director Clinic

The bassoon is crucial to full instrumentation in the modern wind band, yet most of us don’t have this beautiful color/solo instrument in our ensembles. Don’t let it intimidate you any longer! Learn the basics of starting and switching students to the bassoon in an informative, hands-on clinic with Susan Wood, instructor of bassoon at Rhode Island College and former member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. If your school doesn’t have an instrument, don’t worry – a new bassoon will be provided for the clinic, thanks to Rick’s Musical Instruments in Cumberland, with support from the Buffet Group and Conn-Selmer.

Student Clinic

All bassoon players, beginners through experienced players, are invited to attend! Instruction will be provided by Richard Hoenich, former principal bassoon with the Montreal Symphony. Topics covered will include tone production, technical development, reeds, and intonation. A limited number of Bassoon Day participants will be selected to perform a solo or etude of their choice in a master class setting. If you are interested in performing, indicate your choice on the registration page.

ALL workshop participants (students and band directors) will perform in a bassoon choir as part of the evening concert by the RIC Wind Ensemble. Mr. Hoenich will be featured soloist on this concert as well, performing Eric Ewazen’s brilliant Bassoon Concerto. There is no fee for the clinic and concert, and dinner will be provided for all participants.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Click here to register.

Richard Hoenich enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, conductor, and educator. While acting as principal bassoonist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1991, he began to work as a conductor, and was eventually appointed associate conductor of the MSO by music director Charles Dutoit. Richard has recorded extensively both in the orchestra and on the podium. In 1992, Richard moved to Boston with his family to become director of orchestral activities at the New England Conservatory of Music. He currently runs the Brooke Valley Musician’s Retreat in rural Ontario, where he helps professional musicians achieve success in auditioning for orchestral positions.

Susan Wood is instructor of bassoon at Rhode Island College and is highly sought after as one of the leading bassoon teachers in New England. She holds a bachelors degree in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and a masters degree in bassoon performance from Indiana University. She is former principal bassoon in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with Ocean State Orchestra, Festival Ballet, the Great Woods Festival Orchestra, and at the Newport Music Festival. With the Northeast Chamber Ensemble she has performed on WGBH as well as hundreds of educational concerts in New England.


All events will be held in Roberts Auditorium

3:00 – 6:00 PM
Clinic, Master Class, and Rehearsal

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Dinner (provided)

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Final Rehearsal

8:00 PM
Performance at RIC Wind Ensemble Concert

Page last updated: October 16, 2013