Academy Bassoon Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student bassoonists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Bassoon students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The bassoon major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

Bassoon lessons are the backbone of study for a bassoon major. Student preparation for bassoon lessons requires not only many hours of individual practice and reed making, but also numerous hours of listening to solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire, theoretical analysis of lesson assignments, and participating in numerous ensembles of various sizes to acquire the skills needed to succeed. Although each student learns at his or her own pace, I maintain a specific standard of technical studies, scales and arpeggios that have to be achieved by graduation (see Texts/Materials below).

Bassoon Studio Class is also an important aspect of the course. The purposes of the studio classes are to give students the experience of performing in front of each other, learn from each other in regard to reed making and reed scraping techniques, and improve technique, vibrato, intonation and musicality. The studio classes also develop camaraderie among members of the studio. All bassoon majors are required to enroll in bassoon lessons every semester as part of their graduation requirements. Students are also required to attend a specific number of reed making classes. The study of reed making is an integral part of all bassoonists’ training, as it teaches each student to become self-sufficient in making bassoon reeds while giving them the opportunity to address specific technical aspects of tone, technique and intonation in their playing.

Text/materials needed: (selected from)

First year: Weissenborn Method for Bassoon; 30 Classical Studies (arr. Waterhouse); major and minor scales; reed trimming; daily exercises for development of basic skills of bassoon playing.  Repertoire such as: Galliard Sonatas, Vivaldi Concerti.

Second year: Milde Scale Studies, op. 24; Weissenborn Method for Bassoon; 30 Classical Studies (arr. Waterhouse); reed making; continued emphasis on fundamentals; all major scales and harmonic minor scales.  Beginning study of orchestral excerpts.  Repertoire such as: Telemann Sonatas, Deviene Sonatas.

Third year:
 Milde Scale Studies, Op. 24; Milde Concert Studies, Op. 26; continued emphasis on fundamentals; all major scales, melodic and harmonic minor scales; reed making. Study of orchestral excerpts.  Repertoire such as: Weber Concerto in F Major; Hindemith Sonata; Vivaldi Concerti; Mozart Concerto.

Fourth year: Emphasis on all aspects of polished bassoon playing; all major and minor scales; Milde Scale Studies and/or Bozza 15 Daily Studies; Milde Concert Studies Book I and II; orchestral excerpts; reed making.  Repertoire such as: Vivaldi Concerti; Saint-Saens Sonata; Etler Sonata; Tansman Sonatine; Bozza Recit,Sicilienne Et Rondo; Weber, Andante and Rondo.


Dr. Eric Stomberg

Associate Director of Music for Camp Programs; Instructor of Bassoon, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Bassoon Institutes

D.M.A. and M.M., Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Kansas