Monica Schwartz is a bassoonist, composer, and music educator. Schwartz attended the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and earned three undergraduate music degrees in Bassoon Performance, Music Education, and Composition with a minor in Jazz Voice on full tuition scholarship. She is nearing completion of a double masters in Music Composition and Education also at Peabody. She has studied bassoon with Linda Harwell (retired National Symphony) as an undergraduate, Terry Ewell (Towson University), Truman Harris (National Symphony), and Barrick Stees (Cleveland Orchestra while attending Interlochen Arts Camp).
In 2010, Schwartz became bassoon and music theory faculty for the Peabody Preparatory and teaches private bassoon lessons and theory classes each week at the Baltimore campus. She also teaches private bassoon lessons from her home with a very active studio of bassoonists of all ages.
An avid performer, Schwartz regularly freelances with local orchestras and enjoys performing chamber music. She meets regularly with the Columbia Chamber Winds and her bassoon quartet.
Also a composer, her works have been featured locally and abroad. Her chamber opera, Wings of Fire, was produced by the Peabody Opera Department. A recital of her works for bassoon were performed at the International Double Reed Society Convention in Tempe, Arizona. In 2008 she presented a complete recital of her works. She has studied composition with Thomas Benjamin, Nicolas Maw, Moris Cotel, and Mark Lanz Weiser.
Schwartz has been a band director in Howard County Public Schools since 2001 and has been twice nominated for Music Teacher of the Year for Howard County. She currently teaches all woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments at Manor Woods Elementary School.