SOM Welcomes Bassoon Faculty for 2015–2016 Academic Year

Boston, MA – The College of Fine Arts at Boston University is pleased to welcome talented new faculty to the School of Music bassoon program for the coming 2015–2016 Academic Year.

“We are very lucky to have both of these excellent artists join our faculty,” said Richard Cornell, Director ad interim of the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts. “In addition to performing with the BSO, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and other ensembles, Margaret Phillips is a contrabassoon specialist, and she commissions new music for the bassoon. With her range of experiences and incredible talent, Margaret will provide the school with a unique perspective, allowing it to continue being a leader in music education.”

Margaret Phillips (CFA’89) is an acclaimed bassoonist and contrabassoonist. She regularly performs with the Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra project, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed and recorded with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Phillips also serves on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music and as an instructor at the Groton School and Indian Hill Music School. She runs a successful reed-making business, teaching reed-work for bassoon. She graduated with a BM in Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MM in Performance from CFA in 1989.

“Nancy Goeres is principal bassoonist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and will be teaching bassoon studio,” continues Cornell. “In summers, Nancy teaches at the Aspen Festival. Her forward-looking, innovative approach in her music making and her teaching will be a wonderful addition to the woodwind department.”

Nancy Goeres (CFA’75) joins Boston University from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where she has served as principal bassoonist since 1984. Prior to joining the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Goeres held similar positions with Florida Orchestra, The Caracas Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony. She has toured the country and performs regularly at nationwide festivals, including New York’s 92nd Street Y Series and the Santa Fe Chamber Festival. She has taught master classes in bassoon all over the globe, including in Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, China and Cuba. Goeres also teaches at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. She graduated with a BM from CFA in 1975.

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