Emory has a tradition of bringing world-class bassoonists to campus for a day of masterclasses, performances, and chamber music to enrich the musical life of the university and region. Guest artists have included: Sue Heineman (principal bassoon, National Symphony Orchestra), Richard Svoboda (principal bassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra), Grammy Award winning bassoonist Frank Morelli (Yale/SUNY Stony Brook), Bill Ludwig (Indiana University), internationally acclaimed soloist Martin Kuuskmann, Kristin Wolfe-Jensen (University of Texas) and others.


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2017 Guest Artist: Eric Stomberg 

Professor of Bassoon, University of Kansas

Bassoon Faculty, Interlochen Arts Academy

SUNDAY September 24, 2017

Event Schedule

9:00 a.m. Welcome & Warm up North Entrance Lobby

9:15 a.m. Bassoon Choir Rehearsal Tharp Rehearsal Hall

10:15 a.m. Artist Faculty Recital Emerson Recital Hall

11:15 a.m. Master Class I Emerson Recital Hall

12:45-2 p.m. Lunch / Exhibits Arts Commons & Tharp Rehearsal Hall

2 p.m. H.S. All-State Music Clinic Emerson Recital Hall M.S. All-State Music Clinic Tharp Rehearsal Hall

3 p.m. Master Class II Emerson Recital Hall

4:15-5 p.m. Break and Exhibits Tharp Rehearsal Hall

5-5:45 p.m. Bassoon Choir Rehearsal Emerson Recital Hall

5:50 p.m. Group Photo Emerson Recital Hall

6 p.m. Bassoon Choir Mini-concert Emerson Recital Hall

Exhibits will remain open following the concert until approximately 7 p.m.

Bassoon Day will be held in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory University Campus. The event will conclude around 7pm. Emory Bassoon Day offers special thanks to Emory Friends of Music as well as Miller Double Reed for their partial sponsorship of this event.

For More Information:

Dr. Shelly Unger, Artist Affiliate in Bassoon, Emory University



2017 Bassoon Day Faculty

Eric Stomberg – Professor of Bassoon, University of Kansas, Interlochen Arts Academy

Dr. Shelly Unger – Emory University Artist Affiliate & Director, Emory Bassoon Day

Eric Stomberg

stomberg-colorERIC STOMBERG enjoys a wide-ranging musical career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and artist-teacher. He plays with “elegance and refinement” while displaying “impeccable tone and technique” (American Record Guide). Stomberg maintains an active teaching schedule with positions as Professor of Bassoon at the University of Kansas, Instructor of Bassoon at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and as woodwind faculty for the Filarmónica Joven De Colombia. Stomberg has taught on the bassoon faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival and Interlochen Arts Camp and has held orchestral positions over the past fifteen years as a member of City Music Cleveland, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Stomberg most recently joined the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia for a performance of Rossini’s Concerto for Bassoon. Stomberg’s most recent CD release (Naxos), has been met with critical acclaim by Fanfare Magazine: “the disc’s highlight is bassoonist Eric Stomberg’s remarkably characterful traversal of [Jennifer] Higdon’s Dark Wood – witty, volatile and arresting.” He can also be heard on the Azica, Novona, Summit and Telarc record labels.

Stomberg has given master classes at numerous institutions, including the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he also served as visiting professor in 2010. In addition to his role as Associate Dean for Performance Activities in the School of Music, at the University of Kansas, Stomberg serves as Associate Director of Music at Interlochen Arts Camp, and is active in professional societies serving as First Vice President for the International Double Reed Society and as the past President of the Midwest Double Reed Society.

Dr. Shelly Unger

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 9.42.40 AMFounding director of Summer Bassoon Extravaganza, Shelly Unger is an active bassoonist and contrabassoonist as well as an artist affiliate bassoon instructor at Emory University. Dr. Unger plays in metro Atlanta, with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and in regional orchestras throughout the Southeast, including with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has given numerous solo and collaborative recitals, including a performance of Bernard Garfield’s second quartet at the International Double Reed Society Conference shortly after its 2006 world premiere in Philadelphia. In 2004-05, she was visiting professor of bassoon at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she played with the Missouri Quintet and gave multiple solo performances. She maintains a large private studio and has taught for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program as well.

Dr. Unger’s students have won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, the Atlanta Federation of Musicians Scholarship Competition and numerous awards in the Music Teachers National Association Competition. Each year more then a dozen of the bassoonists at All-State in Georgia are her private students. Her major teachers include: Sidney Rosenberg, Bernard Garfield, Ben Kamins, Eric Arbiter, and Carl Nitchie. She earned a BM from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, a MM from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and a DMA from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. In addition she did post-graduate work at Temple University. She has performed in Seoul, Republic of South Korea, Lithuania, Taiwan and Israel. In 2006 she established Emory Bassoon Day, an annual event that continues a tradition of bringing world class bassoonists and some of the most sought after bassoon pedagogues to Atlanta. Guest artists have included: Sue Heineman, Richard Svoboda, Robert Williams, Marc Goldberg, Kristin Wofe Jensen, Jeff Keesecker, John Hunt and others.


This event is sponsored in part by Miller Double Reed and Emory Friends of Music.


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