Thank you for visiting the bassoon studio website at Northern Arizona University!
The NAU School of Music is an exciting and rewarding place for bassoonists to study and perform music, whether you major or minor in music or choose another career path while continuing your involvement in music. Our high-caliber instrumental ensembles and individualized instruction with a full-time faculty member add to a memorable university musical experience.
Bassoonists at NAU receive weekly lessons, master classes, and reed classes. The number of students is small enough so that students get a very personalized education with a lot of attention.
I’d love to talk with you about the becoming a member of bassoon studio. Please contact me directly to talk about your interests, if you have any questions, or if you’d like a personal tour.
Thanks, Dr. Kent Moore
Recorded samples of Dr. Moore’s performances Accordion Closed
Bountry Interferences (need file under 20mb)
Vivaldi Concerto for Bassoon in D Minor I
Vivaldi Concerto for Bassoon in D Minor II
Vivaldi Concerto for Bassoon in D Minor III
Françaix Divertissement IV
Jacob Partita I-V
Françaix Concerto for Bassoon IV
Bertoli Sonata I
Bozza Scherzo for Woodwind Quintet
Fasch Bassoon Sonata III
Fasch Bassoon Sonata IV
About auditioning for the studio
Before you schedule your audition, you need to apply to NAU and apply to the School of Music. Please see the School of Music admission page for details about how to apply and schedule this audition.
How to prepare for your audition
- Practice a lyrical section and a technical section from any music of your choice (accompaniment is not required).
- Practice a chromatic scale and all major scales (your full range).You will be asked to play 2 or 3 scales.
- Ask a lot of questions!
For additional information please see bassoon audition repertoire.
About financial aid
You will be automatically considered for a School of Music Scholarship on the basis of your audition. More information about scholarships and student financial aid can be found on our Scholarships Page.
Basson Studio expectations
All students enrolled for bassoon lessons, get either a half-hour or one hour weekly lesson (depending on the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled). In order to get the most out of each lesson, it is crucial that everyone be on-time and ready to play at lesson time.
Our studio has a weekly masterclass, 11:10-12:30 on Tuesdays, during which we collectively and individually perform for each other. These classes are a vital component in the development of performance skills for players at all levels.
It is important to support each other. Members of the bassoon studio are expected to attend all recitals held by members of the studio and by the bassoon professor. Each semester our studio holds a studio recital in which all members of the studio perform.
School of Music activities
Not only are bassoonists member of the studio; we are also members of the School of Music. There are several school-wide activities, such as honors recitals and convocations, that all members of the studio should attend.
Bassonists at NAU regularly perform as members of orchestras, several concert bands, and smaller chamber ensembles.
Read more about large ensembles at:
The International Double Reed Society is the world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. On its website, IDRS.org, you will find publications and other resources for bassoonists at every stage, amateur to professional. [read more]