• Drew Pattison

    bassoon | soundpainting

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     Hi. I teach bassoon, practice, and soundpainting at Oberlin conservatory.


    In my teaching I focus deeply on practice techniques in order to enable every student to fulfil and maximize their unique path in life. Whether that is orchestral, new music, or something outside of music all together, I help people become the best they can be.


    My bassoon students have been accepted into top graduate schools like Colburn and Rice, and have won and placed in leading competitions like the National Excerpt Competition, IDRS young artist compeititon, and Meg Quigley Vivaldi competition. They have also been accepted to top summer festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, and NRO.


    I enjoy disc golf, eating clean, and learning about web3 and entrepreneurship.


    In the past I taught at DePaul University and played with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, New Orleans Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, and Chicago Civic Orchestra. I studies Soundpainting with Wlater Thompson, and have studied bassoon with George Sakakeeny at Oberlin, Bill Buchman at DePaul, Richard Beene at Colburn, and Ben Kamins.

  • Student Success

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    I'm lucky to have worked with so many wonderful people. Oberlin has one of the top bassoon studios in the country for winning auditions, competitions, and graduate school placements. But we also have an incredible array of individuals pursuing other paths. I'm equally proud of all of the writers, doctors, improvisers, visual artists, arts managers, chemists, conductors, orchestra players, and soloists who will always be an equally important part of this studio. Click here for a more complete list.


    Abby Lopez

    • IDRS Norma Hooks Young Artist International Competition 2023 - Finalist
    • MegQuigley Vivaldi Competition 2023 - Semifinalist
    • Music Academy of the West Fellow - 2022
    • Substitute bassoonist, Toledo Symphony Orchestra -

    Laressa Winters

    • Fellow, National Repertory Orchestra, 2023
    • Finalist, Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition (SOPA) Excerpt Competition, 2023
    • Finalist, Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, 2021

    AJ Neubert Instagram

    • Colburn Conservatory Master’s Program 2023
    • Sub - LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony 2022, 23
    • Finalist Charlotte Symphony Principal Bassoon 2022
    • Tanglewood Music Center fellow 2023, 2022
    • National Bassoon Excerpt Competition 1st place 2021
    • International Double Reed Society Young artist competition, second prize 2021

    Corinne Crowley Website

      • Appearances with BBC Philharmonic, the Scottish Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the North Carolina Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Toledo Symphony
      • Rice University Master’s Program 2018
      • Verbier Festival, the Spoleto USA Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, the Roundtop Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival

    Quincey Trojanowski Website

    • Sub - Chicago Symphony 2023
    • Rice Unviersity Master’s Program 2023
    • Meg Quigley Competition, third place 2023
    • Round Top Music Festival, 2022, 2021




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    How to Scales - Download my scale patterns and guide


    How to practice like a pro

    Build great technique, in any domain.




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    Learn the fundamentals of bassoon reed making through real life scenarios.