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Welcome to The University of Iowa Bassoon Studio!

Welcome to The University of Iowa Bassoon Studio!  The bassoon studio is housed in the new state-of-the-art Voxman Music Building, putting you at the center of dynamic and career-changing academic, performance, and leadership opportunities as you work towards your unique goals. Our rich legacy will deepen your musical learning and link you to a promising future. We are fortunate to be part of a vibrant city recognized as an international destination for the arts.

There are countless performing opportunities for bassoonists at the School of Music.  We have many ensembles including orchestras, bands, double reed and chamber ensembles and our nationally renowned Center for New Music. We have many guest bassoon artists that come to our campus for master classes, recitals and workshops.

We offer several scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. The Iowa City area has several professional orchestras including the Quad City Symphony, Orchestra Iowa (Cedar Rapids), Des Moines Symphony, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, among others. I warmly welcome you to come for a visit and have a lesson with me.

Remote lessons via Skype or other platforms are also an option. I look forward to supporting you as you tap into your creative passion as a musician and hearing you play the bassoon!

Composing Your Future

  • Special attention – unique to your goals
  • Reed class
  • Tapping into your creative passion
  • See yourself here

Anonymous Teaching Evaluations

Current Students

Lieza Hansen is a freshman from Grand Mound, Iowa. Her current plan is to major in bassoon performance and music education. After graduating she hopes to land a job teaching high school band. Lieza loves marching and playing trombone in the Hawkeye Marching Band. She is also a member of the University of Iowa Dance Club. Lieza tries to find spare time to play piano between classes, marching band, practicing, and crazy times with her friends.

Stephanie Patterson is currently working towards a DMA at the University of Iowa. She has degrees in Music and Russian from Oberlin College, and a Masters from Wichita State University. She has held positions with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestra, but her true passion is performing and championing new music. She has written an original libretto to Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, founded the New Music Concert Series at Wichita State, and performed Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In Freundshaft, both in costume. After completing her degree, she hopes to continue to organize and support the creation of new works for bassoon and to perform in costume as much as possible, especially for little kids.

Shelbie Day is a freshman in the University of Iowa Bassoon Studio. She attended high school in Williamsburg, IA and is working towards her bachelors in music performance and her bachelors in fine arts for drawing. She plans to go on to graduate school to receive her masters degree. After college she hopes to become a member of a major orchestra and a professional drawer and painter. She is currently a member of the University of Iowa concert band and a bassoon trio. Her other interests include video games, digital art and chinchillas.

Josh Draves-Kellerman is a freshman, and pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance. He hails from Lake City, Minnesota, and plans on doing some sort of performing with the bassoon after he gets out of his schooling. Josh’s previous teachers include John Miller and Rob Schmidtke. In addition to playing bassoon, Josh enjoys playing sports of the racquet variety, watching baseball, and reading excellent books. He considers himself a valuable member of society.

Lauren DiGiorgio is a sophomore from Naperville, IL pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Music Education Certification. Lauren is currently a member of the University of Iowa Symphony Band. She has also marched piccolo with the Hawkeye Marching Band, and performed in Philharmonia, Concert Band, a woodwind trio, and the newly formed Volleyball Pep Band. Lauren aspires to teach band at a high school or collegiate level. Outside of schoolwork she enjoys listening to and exploring music, consuming vegetables, blogging, and dabbling in various forms of visual art.


Rachel Leeper is a sophomore at the University of Iowa, pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with performance emphasis. She is currently a member of the University’s Symphony Band and Chamber Orchestra, is the second bassoonist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys playing in the area. Most recently, Rachel was honored to perform with the Karl King Band (Ft. Doge, IA) in April as the winner of their young artist competition, and this past June performed at the Glenn Miller Festival (Clarinda, IA) as their third place recipient. In her free time, Rachel loves to read, ski, travel, spend time with her family and friends, and pursue her faith.

Former Students

Leia Barrett (B.M. 2006 Performance and Education) is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University. She received a Master’s of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory as well as a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Iowa. She has participated in numerous music festivals in the United States as well as in Canada and Prague. In addition, she has served as both the bassoon instructor and Musical Bridges Coordinator for the Community Music and Dance Academy of Kansas City. During her tenure at the CMDA she did a significant amount of outreach work with beginning students in low income areas. Since arriving in Lubbock she has free-lanced with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Roswell Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, and the Southwest Symphony.

Michele Bowen Hustedt (D.M.A. 2010) completed her M.A. and D.M.A. at the University of Iowa where she studied with Professor Benjamin Coelho. Her D.M.A. thesis is titled, “The Live and Career of Himie Voxman.” She has served as adjunct professor of bassoon and music theory at Georgia State University, where she actively performed with the Atlanta Chamber Winds, the GSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and conducted the Metro Atlanta Youth Bassoon Choir. She has also performed with the Vietnam National Orchestra in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony. In 2008 she premiered the piece Improvisations I for Bassoon and Electronics by George Marie at the International Double Reed Society conference in Provo, Utah. She is featured on the CD Music from Paris: The Atlanta Chamber Winds, released by Albany Records in 2009. She is also featured on CD recordings with Ksenia Nosikova and the Pro Corde Chamber Consort, Mark Geslison and Geoff Groberg, and the University of Iowa’s Center for New Music. As a side interest she has recently studied Irish traditional flute and whistle with Mary Nugent in Cavan, Ireland and Vietnamese traditional flute with Dr. Pho Van Le at the National Academy of Music in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Jessica Bickford (B.A. 2006 Music, Communication Studies, and Asian Languages and Literature)

Shaye Bowman graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Music in 2005. In addition to performing with school ensembles, Shaye also performed with many of the regional orchestras of Iowa, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and the Dubuque Symphony. He continued his studies at The University of Akron as a teaching assistant to Barrick Stees, earning a Master of Music degree in 2010. While at Akron, he placed 2nd in the woodwind division of the Tuesday Musical Solo Competition in 2010. Shaye is currently working on his Doctor of Music degree at Florida State University as a teaching assistant to Jeffrey Keesecker.

David Bryant (M.A. 2000) Adjunct Bassoon Instructor/Faculty Quintet – Eastern Kentucky University (KY) • Principal Bassoon – Huntington Symphony (WV). D.M.A. 2003 – University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Rosalind Buda (B.M. 2008) is an active chamber and orchestral musician, performing in venues throughout her home of Boston and abroad. She is bassoonist with the Neponset Valley Philharmonic and the Haffner Sinfonietta and has recently performed with the Marsh Chapel Collegium, Mercury Orchestra, and soloed with the Tufts University Flute Ensemble. Rosalind has also performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony (IA), the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy, the Lowell House Opera, and the Lausitzer Opernsommer orchestra in Cottbus, Germany. Rosalind is a graduate of the New England Conservatory where she earned her Masters Degree while with studying with Richard Svoboda. Rosalind received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Iowa where she studied with Benjamin Coelho. As a graduate student, Rosalind worked for The New England Conservatory’s Career Services Center and interned with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. She now continues her employment at the Conservatory as Alumni Relations Coordinator. Outside of classical bassoon performance, Rosalind pursues her interest in traditional Scottish piping (Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Smallpipes) and enjoys dancing with the Boston branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Becky (Coe) Epperly (B.A. 2010) is a bassoon student from East Moline, IL.  She is currently pursuing a BA in music and a BS in biochemistry at the University of Iowa.  She plans to apply to medical school and eventually become a physician.  She currently enjoys playing bassoon to exercise her creative side and have a break from science classes!  When not in classes, Becky enjoys being involved with neurological research, volunteering at the hospital, holding leadership positions for Medicus and Dance Marathon, and spending time at the Newman Catholic Student Center.

Kellie Everett (B.A. 2005) Kellie is a repair technician at in Wilmington, NC. She is actively involved in the local music community, and regularly performs in several groups. She plays banjo and sings in her solo project Banjo Kellie, sings and plays guitar, keys, and baritone saxophone in rocknroll band The Deadly Lo-Fi, sings and plays ukulele in Ukes of Hazzard, banjo in the Cape Fear Dixieland Band, and performs with other musicians in varying capacities.

A native of Des Moines, Timothy Gale (M.A. 2003) was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Northern Iowa where he studied with Dr. David Rachor. He earned a Master of Arts degree in music performance from the University of Iowa in 2003, under the direction of Benjamin Coelho. He is the second bassoonist with the Des Moines Symphony, a position he has held since 1995. Mr. Gale has also appeared with various professional orchestras and ensembles throughout the state of Iowa including the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. In addition to his musical activities, he is currently an employee of Wells Fargo Financial in Des Moines, and is pursuing an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.

Laura (Hirschey) Ankrum (B.M. 2008 Performance and Education) is a senior studying bassoon performance and music education. Coming from a military family she’s lived in several places including Minnesota, Japan, North Dakota, Mississippi, Germany, New Jersey, and now Galena, Illinois. While in high school she participated in several honor ensembles such as the New Jersey All State Orchestra, All State Wind Ensemble, Southern Jersey Orchestra, and Southern Jersey Wind Ensemble. These days when she’s not making reeds or practicing Laura enjoys lap swimming, hanging out with friends, and serving with the campus ministry 24-7.

Kevin Judge(B.M. 2010 Performance and Education) received a bachelor in music with teaching certification from the University of Iowa in 2010. After graduation, he continued his education pursuing a master of music degree with Benjamin Kamins at Rice University. At Iowa, he was a finalist in the concerto competition and first prize recipient of the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship Competition. In 2008, Kevin was fortunate enough to be able to perform with the University of Iowa Symphony Band at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Kevin has also performed with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, the Englert Theatre of Iowa City, and the Des Moines Playhouse. He has participated in many music festivals, including Music Academy of the West and the Sarasota Music Festival.

Krista S Koester (B.M. 2000 Performance and Music Therapy) Bassoonist with the US Navy.

Rachel Koeth (B.M. 2010 Performance) is currently a first year M.M. student of Frank Morelli at Stony Brook SUNY. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she began her bassoon studies during high school with woodwind instructor Lyle Dockenforff. Rachel completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa, earning her B.M. in bassoon performance under the instruction of Benjamin Coelho. While at Iowa she has performed with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, Ottumwa Symphony, Iowa City Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Singers of Iowa City, and was a concerto winner with the Fort Dodge Area young Artist Competition in 2007. Now living on Long Island, she performs with the Stony Brook University Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. During any free time, Rachel enjoys baking, cooking, drinking coffee, and running around Manhattan.

Cindy Mickens (B.M. 2006)

Corinne Puchalla (B.M. 2001) is the Principal Bassoonist with the Tampa Bay Symphony. She earned her Bachelor’s of Music in bassoon performance from the University of Iowa in 2001, studying with Benjamin Coelho and Richard Lottridge and continued her studies at Indiana University earning a Master’s of Music in bassoon performance, where she was honored to serve as Assistant Instructor of bassoon to Professor Kim Walker. While in Indiana, she performed with the Camerata Orchestra, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Lafayette Symphony. She has also performed as Principal Bassoonist in the San Angelo Symphony, the Big Spring Orchestra, The Midland-Odessa Symphony and the West Texas Wind Quintet. Corinne has held adjunct positions at Midland College and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. As a sponsored Püchner Artist, Corinne traveled with the Beautiful Bloomington Bassoon Quartet for a performance at the 33rd Annual Double Reed Society Conference held in Melbourne, Australia. Corinne is currently working in her second season with The Florida Orchestra where she works as Personnel Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys many culinary pursuits, knitting, boxing, playing scrabble and dominoes, and cuddling with her puppy, Casper, and kitty, Colombo.

Adjunct Professor at Webster University, MO, Dr. Eric Ring (D.M.A. 2009) undertook his undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a B.A. in History and a B.M. in bassoon performance. His graduate education includes an M.A. degree in Bassoon Performance from Western Illinois University, and a D.M.A. in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy (with a Music Theory Pedagogy Minor) from the University of Iowa. His major professors include Ronald Tyree, Douglas Huff, and Benjamin Coelho. Prior to his arrival at Webster, Dr. Ring was the third bassoonist/contrabassoonist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony. He has also performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Nova Singers, and is a former member of the Beaufort Chamber Orchestra and the Parris Island Marine Band.

Sylvia Russell (B.A. 2010)

Rich Stiles (B.M. 2010 Performance and Education) Director of Bands, Richmond-Burton Community High School, Richmond, Illinois

Loren Stata (M.A. 2005)