Carolyn Beck

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

Office Hours: By appointment



Areas of Expertise

  • Principal Bassoon with Redlands Symphony Orchestra and San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, performs with New West Symphony, Musica Angelica and other orchestras, new music and early music groups
  • Chamber music with UR and Pomona College colleagues, as well as Chamber Music Palisades
  • Frequent recitals, and advocate of new music for bassoon
  • Performs on baroque and classical bassoons and also contrabassoon

Professional Background

A champion of new music, Dr. Beck has commissioned and performed new solo works for bassoon in New York City, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Austin, San Diego, Baton Rouge, New Haven and Banff, Canada. She has performed with a number of contemporary music ensembles including the Twentieth Century Consort in Washington D.C. and North-South Consonance in New York. Her chamber and solo performances include a concert for the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (Massachusetts), performances at several International Double Reed Society Conferences around the country, chamber concerts with fellow faculty members at several universities and frequent recitals. In November 2004 she gave two performances of "The Five Sacred Trees," concerto for bassoon and orchestra by John Williams, with the Redlands Symphony.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Applied Bassoon
  • Reed Making
  • Woodwind Quintet Coaching

Degrees Held

  • B.A., Bassoon Performance, California State University, Northridge
  • M.M., Bassoon Performance, Yale School of Music
  • D.M.A., Bassoon Performance, Manhattan School of Music

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Currently also Adjunct teacher of bassoon at Pomona College and Idyllwild Arts Academy
  • Assistant Professor of Bassoon, University of Texas at Austin, 1988-92
  • Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Music, University or Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 1987-88

Professional Experience

  • Principal Bassoon, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, 1996
  • Principal Bassoon, Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, Spain, 1993-94
  • Bassoon extra, San Antonio Symphony, 1989-92
  • Washington Opera, Kennedy Center, 1984-86

Awards and Honors

  • Fellowship and Scholarship, Manhattan School of Music, 1982-84
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the School, Yale School of Music Alumni Association, 1982
  • Outstanding Orchestra Member, California State University, Northridge, 1979

Leadership and Performances

  • Woodwind Quintet instructor/coach for the Young Musician’s Foundation Chamber Music Program, 2008
  • Concert of the music of Bill Douglas, with the composer, February 2007
  • Faculty Solo recitals, U Redlands, Azusa Pacific U, February 2006
  • Beck and Call solo CD assisted by piano, viola, Crystal Records (published 2005)
  • International Double Reed Society Conference, Austin Texas, 2005
  • Soloist with Redlands Symphony Orchestra, John Williams bassoon Concerto, 2004
  • Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music series, April 2004
  • Faculty Solo Recital, Pomona College Oct 2003
  • Presenter, Festival of Baroque Music, U. of San Diego, April 2002
  • Solo performer, College Music Society, Regional Meeting March 2002
  • Woodwind Quintet instructor/coach for the Young Musician’s Foundation Chamber Music Program, 2002
  • Faculty Solo Recital, University of Redlands, October 2000
  • Recording: Alex Shapiro, Notes from the Kelp, Innova
  • Recording: Pete Christlieb For Heaven’s Sake
  • Co-editor of Recollections of a First Chair Bassoonist; 52 Years in the Hollywood Studio Orchestras by Don Christlieb, 1996
  • Solo performance, International Double Reed Society Conference, Minneapolis, 1993
  • Premiere of solo work, Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference, April, 1993
  • Recordings with North-South Consonance : the receding mist..., Vocal and Instrumental Music from the Americas; Music of Latin American Composers, Opus One label

Professional Affiliations

  • International Double Reed Society
  • American Federation of Musicians
  • College Music Society
  • Chamber Music America
  • Early Music America

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