Welcome to my corner of the web! Since you're already here... I am a musician on a quest to defy the ordinary.
Following a decade and a half as an orchestral performer--including principal bassoon positions with the Michigan Opera, Columbus Philharmonic, and Camerata Orchestra, plus extensive work with the Detroit Symphony and ensembles from Canada to Germany--I took up a position at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where I taught bassoon, ran the chamber music program as its interim director, and established several new courses for the woodwind department. Throughout, I have been enjoying an active solo and chamber music schedule, with pioneering cross-genre collaborations and multiple performances of self-arranged works, including a number of world premieres. My research in the area of bassoon reed-making has resulted in designing several tools, including a patent-pending high-precision electric cane gouger, an electric cane trimmer, a sharpening jig for bassoon profiler knives, and some other gadgets.
I began my formal music studies at the age of 7 in a specialized music school in my home country of Poland. My varied academic interests then took me on an exciting journey; from an IB in Arts and Humanities to the Interlochen Arts Academy, and later to Miami University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where I became one of only a handful of bassoonists in the school's history to gain acceptance into its highly-coveted Artist Diploma program, and where I later served as Associate Instructor of Bassoon and undertook coursework in the social and behavioral sciences. More recently, I completed substantial research on topics surrounding the challenges facing post-secondary music institutions in the US as part of my MA in Organizational Leadership.
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