• 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.

  • Leave your email for bassoon activities

  • Live recordings

    Latest Videos on my Youtube channel

    Villa-Lobos Ciranda, Mozart duet k.292, Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor

    Raphael Jimenez, Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. 9/18

    Music Academy of the West Orchestra 2010

    DePaul Symphony Orchestra, Michael Lewanski conducting. 2012

    Program includes Elgar Romance, Fasch Sonata in C, Perle BassoonMusic, Berwald Concert Piece 2012

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  • reed making webinar day 1 scrape
  • Schumann Fantasy Piece #1 arr. for two bassoons

    Listen to it

    get free the score and parts

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  • Lessons and Practice Coaching

    How you practice is the key to every problem in your playing. This is the focus of my teaching now.

  • Music Major

    An online course for high school bassoonists

  • Writing on how to practice - click here

    Boy is it hard to upload live recordings! I fixate on the mistakes like we all do, blow them way...
    The two core pillars of practice are ease and clarity. Are you nailing it 100%? What thing...
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    Reed Making 101

    Everything you need to make the best bassoon reeds

  • Recommended Products

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    Great ventilation, price, security. Leave open to dry.

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    good price, all natural for when you blow out your bocal

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    Helps with pressure on left hand

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    Tips and tricks plus they fixed the typos!

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    Mini Course on optimizinhttp://propractice.mystrikingly.comg your practice habits.

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    Awesome ebook with video demonstrations

  • External Links

    Rob Knopper - Audition Hacker


    The best resource for audition and practice strategies. 

    Bassoon rentals and double reed supplies

    Midwest Musical Imports - The best, specialists.



    Jason Heath's Blog


    Real talk on classical music. Jason is an incredible thinker and entrepreneur. 

    Barton cane


    Well made GSP cane to make your own blanks. I use a Herzberg shape a like Rigotti at the moment.

    Go bassoon reeds


    Finished bassoon reeds.

    Bassoon rentals

    Midwest Musical Imports


    Flatts and Sharpe - Best company in the Chicagoland area. Willing to get Fox bassoons to rent for a very reasonable price.



    Barrick Stees' Website


    Excellent reed making guide and other bassoon resources. 

  • Past Events and Concerts

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    Oberlin Conservatory Bassoon Christmas Concert

    Early December 2018,

    Oberlin Conservatory

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    Rhythms, Rhymes, and the Kitchen Sink

    Recital with Robert Walters and Teddy NiedermaierJanuary 21, 2017 3pm Bop Stop, Cleveland


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    Round Top Festival

  • ----Rescheduled for Fall 2020----

    Ben Roidl-Ward Masterclass and Recital Materials Click Here 

    Approaches to Contemporary Techniques