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Degrees: D.M.A., Bassoon Performance, Manhattan School of Music; M.M., Bassoon Performance, Yale School of Music; B.A., Bassoon Performance, California State University, Northridge
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Areas of Expertise
Described as “a fearless player… as well as a musician with a keen sense of phrasing and color” (Gramophone), bassoonist Carolyn Beck is the Principal Bassoonist with the Redlands and San Bernardino Symphonies, and performs with many other orchestras in the Los Angeles area. Her solo CD "Beck and Call" is available on Crystal Records. Recent solo appearances include the premiere of a Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by Christopher James in New York City in June 2012, and appearances at several double reed conferences. She was the bassoon co-host of the 2013 International Double Reed Society Conference held on the University of Redlands campus. Dr. Beck is a devoted teacher and some of her former bassoon students have gone on to major music schools including Curtis, Eastman, Juilliard, and Manhattan School of Music. Some have won orchestra positions and others have become excellent music educators or excelled in other fields. When not playing, teaching, or listening to music, she enjoys reading, swimming, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her husband, trumpet player Bill Peterson.
Courses Offered at Redlands
Select Orchestra Positions
Select Solo Performances and Chamber Music Affiliations
Recordings and Publications
Awards and Honors
The 83-year-old instrument was fully restored in 2003 and features 4,266 pipes.
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