Private teacher, reed maker, soloist, and freelance bassoonist Ariel Detwiler has developed a multi-faceted music career in the Twin Cities. Ariel holds three degrees in Bassoon Performance: a DMA from the University of Minnesota (ABD), an MM from Indiana University, and a BM from DePauw University. In addition to teaching bassoon at Augsburg University and Northwestern University of St. Paul, Ariel prioritizes her own private bassoon studio in Bloomington. Ariel is the owner of ACDC Reeds, a popular bassoon reed-making business which provides high quality, professional level reeds to not only her students and retailers such as Midwest Musical Imports, Chemical City Reeds, Cadenza Music, Reed Supplies Canada, and Nebraska Music Company, but also to bassoonists all over the world. ACDC Reeds is a proud sponsor of many bassoon-specific events, including Bassoons Without Borders, Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium, IDRS, and the Double Reed Dish podcast. An advocate for music education, Ariel has a YouTube channel stocked with educational support for students and puts out daily educational posts on Instagram full of info on her reed making business. Ariel has been chosen as a featured soloist with the DePauw University Orchestra, the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Encore Wind Ensemble, and the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. When she is not teaching or performing, Ariel is an avid baker, calligrapher, and gardener, receiving enthusiastic help for all of these activities from her energetic black lab, Zeus.
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