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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

Beginner Bassoon

Introductory | Strings | Winds | Harp | Percussion
Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra | Ottawa Youth Orchestra

bassoon close up

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that typically plays music written in the bass and tenor registers, and occasionally higher. Appearing in its modern form in the 1800s, the bassoon figures prominently in orchestral, concert band, and chamber music literature. The bassoon is a non-transposing instrument known for its distinctive tone color, wide range, variety of character, and agility. Listeners often compare its warm, dark, reedy timbre to a male baritone voice.


The Class:

The OYOA offers Beginner Bassoon students instruction on the bassoon and in the basic music theory essential to this challenging instrument. Classes are small - limited to six students, age 10 - 14.

The Bassoon:

Students in this course may borrow a bassoon for the OYOA school year for their personal use (see the OYOA instrument loan policy).


The Academy provides a high-quality instrument at no cost for each student through our instrument loan program (see OYOA loan policy). To ensure that students have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the instrument, in addition to the group lesson each week, the Academy subsidizes 25 mandatory private, half-hour lessons. 25 lessons would normally cost $750, but under this program, the cost is only $450, paid in two equal installments of $225 by post-dated cheque at the first meeting (the cost of these private lessons is in addition to the tuition for the group lessons.)


All classes are held at the Ottawa Technical Learning Centre, at 485 Donald St., Ottawa.

Performance Opportunities:

Each year, the Beginner Bassoon class performs in free concerts at the OYOA. As well, other performance opportunities occasionally arise.

mini concert

Where Can I Go From Here?

After a year in Beginner Bassoon, many students progress to the Intermediate Chamber Wind Ensemble, where they perform with other wind instruments such as flute, clarinet, oboe and saxophone. Qualified bassoonists are an important asset to many chamber groups and symphony orchestras.


Audition Requirements:

There are no audition requirements for this ensemble. It is assumed that participants are new to the instrument, and new to reading music.

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