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Peabody Bassoon Week

Baltimore, Maryland ~ July 23-30, 2016

Phillip Kolker, Artist faculty and Chair of Orchestral Instruments
Retired Principal Bassoon of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 

Assisted by:
Lynn Moncilovich, University of Deleware faculty
Robert Sirois, Howard County Public School System Music Faculty
Holden McAleer, Master Repairman

An eight-day program for aspiring bassoonists— including daily lessons, master classes, tenor clef readings (for younger students), chamber music coaching, reed-making workshops and performances by participants and faculty.  Also enjoy afternoon and evening activities including guided tours, museum visits, attending a sporting event or special performance, and more!  Whether you are preparing for a college or conservatory audition or looking to stand out as a music major, Peabody Bassoon Week is designed to help you become a stronger, more confident player and take your musicianship to the next level. You’ll find more information along with the online application on this page. See you at the Peabody Conservatory in July!



Is Peabody Bassoon Week for you?

Yes, If...

·         You are a high school bassoonist seeking to gain experience and proficiency while preparing for college or conservatory auditions

·         You are a college bassoonist majoring or planning to major in music performance


Learn How To...

·         Present yourself for auditions (school or professional)

·         Make an audition recording

·         Improve your reeds


Fees and Deadlines

Tuition: $750
Room and board (optional*): $450 – Accommodations available at the Peabody Living Center, an on-campus housing facility

Application deadline: May 15, 2016. 

Full payment due: June 15, 2016 (via credit card)
* Commuter Students may purchase meals separately in the Peabody Dining Hall


Call 410-234-4540 or email the Office for Student Affairs at



The following music can be downloaded from the Petrucci Music Library ( for free.  Recommended better editions with piano parts are indicated.  Each student should prepare two movements from the solo works listed (at least one movement of a Vivaldi concerto):

  • Mozart: Concerto in Bb, KV 191 (There are many good editions of this work. I like the GUetter and the Turkovick)
  • Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo (A modest priced edition is edited by Simon Kovar and published by International)
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in e minor (#6) RV484 (Trevco)
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in C Major (#17) RV472 (Schoenbach Volume 2 or Trevco)
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in Eb Major (#27) RV483 (Schoenbach Volume 2 or Trevco)

We will also use the following orchestral excerpts:

  • Stravinsky: Firebird Bercuse
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5 (solo in 3rd movement, bars 18-72)
  • Dukas: Sorcerers Apprentice (first solo passage)
  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (the grandfather solo)
  • Beethoven: Symphony #7 (solo in 2nd movement, bars 150-183)
  • Ravel: Bolero