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2020-21 Bassoon Teacher Directory

Alexandra Berndt
Email: aberndt(at)u.northwestern(dot)edu
Phone: (224) 406-6803
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.), Woodbury, St. Peter
Rates: Please email or call to inquire about rates.
About the Instructor: I am accepting new students.  I am an active teacher and performer based in the Twin Cities.  I teach private lessons and at Gustavus Adolphus College.  Lessons are tailored to the unique needs and goals of the individual and are a collaboration between us.  I also teach bassoon reed-making and sell reeds to my students.
I joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra as the Associate Principal Bassoon in 2016 and joined the Chione Quintet in 2018.  Additionally I freelance in the Twin Cities and am a substitute bassoonist with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Ariel Detwiler
Email: acdetwiler(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (847) 525-5262
Website: http://www.arieldetwiler.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: South Metro (Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Farmington, Prior Lake, Savage, etc.), online
Rates: $30/Half Hour, $50/Hour, $20/bassoon reed
About the Instructor: I am always accepting new students. I am a freelance bassoonist, teacher, woodwind doubler, owner of ACDC Reeds, and an active board member of the Minnesota Bassoon Association. The majority of my studio is involved in youth orchestras, honors ensembles, and All-State ensembles.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Dana Donnay
Email: danadonnay(at)gmail(dot)com
Website: https://mtolivet.org/school-of-music-mosom/
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Offering Virtual Lessons? Inquire for more information
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.)
Rates: $30/Half Hour
About the Instructor: Graduate of New England Conservatory. My primary instrument is oboe. I am a professional woodwind doubler.
GTCYS Alumni? Yes

Trent Jacobs
Email: tjbassoon(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (612) 234-7689
Website: http://tjbassoon.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Eau Claire, WI
Rates: $30/Half Hour, $50/Hour
About the Instructor: Dr. Trent Jacobs completed DMA and MM degrees from the University of Illinois and received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Jacobs currently serves on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Now offering lessons on bassoon, contrabassoon, and reed making, all virtual through Zoom. Weekends and evenings are available, or during select times during the day.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Laurie Merz
Email: merzfamily(at)comcast(dot)net
Phone: (763) 473-0081
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Northwest Metro (Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.), West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.)
Rates: $30/Half Hour, $45/45 Minutes, $60/Hour. $15 reeds for students of mine.
About the Instructor: I have been teaching for over 30 years and continue to enjoy the energy of my students’ music-making and learning fresh ways to approach music education. I am devoted to the needs of my students and can adapt to the learning needs of all types of bassoon players, young and old. I also teach beginner contra-bassoon and bassoon reed making.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Coreen Nordling
Email: cnordling(at)yahoo(dot)com
Phone: (612) 801-5344
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.), South Metro (Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Farmington, Prior Lake, Savage, etc.), Southeast Metro (Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Cottage Grove, Hastings, etc.)
Rates: Please call 612-801-5344 to inquire about rates.
About the Instructor: Coreen is currently Principal Bassoonist Minnesota Opera Orchestra, a member of Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, and both a substitute and extra with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. She has toured with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra throughout the US including a performance at Ravinia Music Festival under Pinchas Zukerman and at San Francisco Symphony Hall. Coreen has performed with Minnesota Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Festival,  on several recitals at the International Double-Reed Convention, at the Sarasota Music Festival,  and with New York Philomusica. She is an active free-lance bassoonist in Twin Cities area and teaches private lessons to all ages.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Marta Troicki
Email: madeline(at)stjomusic(dot)org
Website: https://www.stjomusic.org/faculty/marta-troicki
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Saint Paul
Rates: $62/Hour
About the Instructor: Bassoonist Marta Troicki has performed with New York Choral Society Orchestra, Five: a Woodwind Quintet, and served as Principal Bassoon with the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra. In Minnesota she has been featured as a chamber and concerto soloist with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. At present, Marta performs with the Sonora Winds, a woodwind trio that she founded.
Marta earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, a Master’s degree from the Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York, the Artist Diploma Degree from the F. Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw (Poland) and a Doctoral degree in bassoon performance at the University of Minnesota School of Music where she was a Berneking Fellow.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Ye Yu
Email: goldenbamboo(at)msn(dot)com
Phone: (651) 983-9191
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Saint Paul
Rates: $30/Half Hour, $60/Hour
About the Instructor: Over 20 years of teaching experience. I have had many students play with GTCYS at all levels and they enjoy sharing music with other students.
GTCYS Alumni? No

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