Jonathan Stehney

Artist Teacher, Bassoon
Conservatory of Music

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Fine Arts


B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco
P.S.D., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco
D.M.A., SUNY Stonybrook, Stonybrook

Areas of Expertise

    • Orchestra Performance: bassoon and contrabassoon 
    • Bassoon solo literature 
    • Chamber music literature and performance for winds 
    • New music for bassoon, new music techniques 
    • Baroque bassoon/Renaissance woodwinds
    • Baroque and classical performance practice
    • Woodwind doubling
    • Arranging/orchestration
    • Recorder
    • Woodwind repair


Jonathan Stehney’s expertise ranges from performing Renaissance music on period instruments to performing the most challenging contemporary and experimental music. He has traveled widely performing new works for bassoon and contrabassoon. Jonathan has worked with such notable composers as Sofia Gubaidulina, Pierre Boulez, Péter Eötvös, Olga Neuwirth, James Tenney, Mark Menzies, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others. He has studied with Pascal Gallois, Paul Riveaux, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as Julie Feves, Stephen Paulson, and Frank Morelli. Dr. Stehney received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Bassoon Performance from CalArts, his Master of Music and Performance Certificate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stonybrook. He is currently a free- lance musician in the greater Southern California region, and frequently is in recording sessions for John Williams, Jeff Russo, John Debney, Kris Bowers, and numerous others. Jonathan can be seen with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Redlands Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, assorted chamber ensembles, as well as doubling in musical pit orchestras. He is currently on faculty at Calarts, and Cal State San Bernardino. In addition to performing, Jonathan also arranges and orchestrates for chamber ensembles and pit orchestras.

Courses Taught at Redlands

Applied Bassoon