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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Registration Open until September 30th. Walk-ins are accepted!

2018 Guest Artist: Constantin Barcov 

Solo Bassoonist, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Germany)

2018 Emory University Bassoon Faculty:

Dr. Shelly Unger, Emory University

Prof. Anthony Georgeson, Emory University, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Assoc. Principal Bassoon)

SUNDAY September 30, 2018

Tentative 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. Masterclass I Emerson Concert Hall

11:15 a.m. Artist Faculty Recital Emerson Concert Hall

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

2 p.m.  Masterclass II Emerson Concert Hall

3 p.m.M.S. All-State Music Clinic Tharp Rehearsal Hall; “Building Technique”

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

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

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

6 p.m. Bassoon Choir Mini-concert Emerson Concert 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



2018 Bassoon Day Faculty

Constantin Barcov – Solo Bassoonist, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Germany)

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

Prof. Anthony Georgeson, Emory University, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Assoc. Principal Bassoon)

Constantin Barcov

Born in Romania, CONSTANTIN BARCOV is Solo Bassoonist at the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Hamburg Philharmoniker and Hamburg State Opera), a position which he formerly held at the Malmö Opera in Sweden. He is the first Romanian bassoonist to win a solo position in a major international orchestra. He has played as a guest principal with notable orchestras such as: NDR Sinfonieorchester (now NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester), The Philharmonia Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London among others.

He began playing bassoon in Romania with Prof. Valentin Petrescu, and after having won the Woodruff award – full scholarship and stipend – he completed a Bachelor degree with honors at Columbus State University, US, with Dr. Ronald Wirt. Having obtained the DAAD scholarship he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Prof. Dag Jensen, where he graduated with the highest marks. As a student he attended festivals such as Pacific Music Festival, Schleswig – Holstein, Sarasota Music Festival (US), Domaine-Forget (Canada) and others. Constantin’s playing has been hailed as “…exemplary”  by the notable German newspaper Die Welt.

He is a national and international prize winner, including the Fox -Gillet international competition in Oklahoma, US. He has been a guest soloist with orchestras in Sweden, Romania, Germany and the USA.


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 has played throughout metro Atlanta, with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, in regional orchestras throughout the Southeast, and as a substitute 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. She also served as bassoon faculty and director of the IDRS Teen Camp: Double Reeds Rock! at its 2016 Conference

Anthony Georgeson

Anthony Georgeson joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bassoonist in the fall of 2017. Prior to that, he was principal bassoonist of The Florida Orchestra from 2007-17, a member of the New World Symphony and acting principal bassoonist of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Classical Tahoe, Mainly Mozart Music Festival, Strings Music Festival, and both as guest assistant principal and second bassoonist with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Carnegie Hall, Blossom Music Festival, and throughout Europe. As part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2014 Brahms Cycle recording project he, as guest second bassoonist, recorded Brahms’s Symphonies 1-3 to DVD/BluRay from the BBC PROMS and the Musikverein in Vienna.

Georgeson earned his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Whitney Crockett, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison as a student of Kenneth Moses. He began studying the bassoon with Cynthia Cameron-Fix, has had further studies with John Clouser in performance and reed-making, and counts Bernard Garfield as a strong musical influence. Mr. Georgeson plays on pre-war Heckel Bassoon #7507 made in Biebrich (Wiesbaden), Germany in 1934.

Georgeson made his solo debut at the age of 17 performing Weber’s Bassoon Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has been a soloist with The Florida Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the UW Symphony Orchestra, and the Concord Chamber Orchestra performing the bassoon concerti of Mozart, Zwilich, and Weber. With a strong family background and commitment to education, he also maintains a private teaching studio, and is on faculty as Artist Affiliate in Bassoon at Emory University.

Anthony Georgeson lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Erin (a public elementary school teacher), and their two daughters Lilianna and Isla. They enjoy exploring the outdoors, cooking, serving at Passion City Church, and spending time together with family and friends. He is also co-host of the podcast “Two Gomers Run for Their Lives” found on iTunes at twogomers.com.

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

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