California native Stephanie Patterson is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and Principal Bassoonist of the Columbus Symphony (GA). She has been invited to play Acting Principal Bassoon with the Atlanta Opera for the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 seasons, and for several years has been performing as contrabassoonist for the New Hampshire Music Festival. As a founding member of the Enid Trio she has commissioned many new works for violin, viola, and bassoon, and she also performs with the Off Broadway Trio. She is also co-founder and director of the Schwob Summer Music Festival, and is the education coordinator for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Symposium.
Stephanie's performances often include staging, costumes, or other ways of connecting with audiences. She performed Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis at the Wichita Knob Festival, and In Freundschaft by Karlheinz Stockhausen for bassoon-playing teddy bear at the Fairbanks New Music Festival. She also connects music to causes of human rights and equality, teaching a class on Popular Music and Human Rights at Columbus State University. Recent commissions include the works Angry Women, by Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, and a piece based on the #metoo movement by James Ogburn. She has commissioned works by Jessica Rudman, Katherine Murdock, and was the soloist in the second performance of Nico Muhly's new concerto for bassoon and wind ensemble, Reliable Sources, which she co-commissioned as part of a consortium of bassoonists in 2018.
Dr. Patterson's book, An Introduction to Contemporary Music for Bassoon and 64 Etudes is available through Trevco Varner Music, and she enjoys bringing her love for contemporary music to new audiences around the globe. She has performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Robert Spano, in the busy streets of Moscow, on the pedestrian malls of Madrid, on stage in the Kappella hall of St. Petersburg, in a room with speakers on all sides in Belfast, Ireland as part of the Sonorities New Music Festival, in a medieval church in Prague with the Ameropa Festival, with Pierre Boulez at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, next to Squam Lake with the New Hampshire Music Festival, and atop a gallows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.
Previously, Stephanie has taught at Wichita State University and was a member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. She has been a contract member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Grand Opera. Her primary teachers were George Sakakeeny (Oberlin), Nicolasa Kuster (Wichita State), Scott Oakes (Wichita State), and Benjamin Coelho (Iowa).
She is a featured creator for EnsembleBlock, providing online interactive tutorials for students beginning and studying bassoon. Learn more at https://ensembleblock.com/eb-creators/stephanie-patterson/