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Bassoon Masterclass with Dr Michael Burns

Auckland Philharmonia Rehearsal Hall
corner of St Albans Ave and Dominion Rd.

Sunday 3 June
2:00pm to 4:30pm

Admission for members and their families is free!  ($5 for non-member guests)
We have adult and student performers, so there will be interesting tips for everyone.  They will be accompanied by a pianist.
Michael is a kiwi who has been living and teaching bassoon in the US for many years.  A bit about him:
New Zealander Michael Burns is Professor of bassoon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He has recorded for the Centaur, CAP, Telarc, EMI, Klavier, and Mark labels and his solo CD Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists was recently released to critical acclaim on the Mark Masters label. He currently is an active performer as a soloist, in chamber groups, and orchestrally with numerous recent performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America, Germany, China and the South Pacific. He serves as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina, and the Carolina Ballet and as bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble, the Blue Mountain Ensemble, and Forecast Music. He also performs regularly with the North Carolina, and Greensboro Symphonies and as a guest with the Ciompi Quartet and Mallarme Chamber Players. In summers, Burns has been associated with the Eastern Music Festival and the Bands of America Summer Symposium and joins the faculty of the Saarburger Serenaden in Germany and the Vianden International Music Festival and School in Luxembourg in 2012.

Prior to his current positions, Burns performed in numerous professional orchestras including the Cincinnati and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and he held Principal positions with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under Keith Lockhart, and the Midland/Odessa, Richmond and Abilene Symphonies.  He has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Indiana State University, Midland College, and a variety of summer festivals and schools. Burns holds the B.M. degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and the D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Burns is also an active composer with many of his pieces being published by TrevCo Music and Potenza Music and frequently performed internationally. He has published articles and reviews in the Double Reed (the journal of the International Double Reed Society), the Texas Bandmasters’ Association Journal, the NC Music Educator for which he served as Woodwind Notes Editor, 1995-2007, Notes and on the Yamaha Educator Series online. His mentors include William Winstead, Sherman Walt, Leonard Sharrow, Sidney Rosenberg, and Colin Hemmingsen. He is archivist for the International Double Reed Society. For more information please visit:

Hope to see you there!