Podcast: Betsy Sturdevant, Principal Bassoonist, Columbus Symphony

betsy sturdevant, principal bassoonist, columbus symphonyThis is the first in a series of podcast interviews with members of the Columbus Symphony. I hope you will stay tuned for future interviews in the series. You can download any podcast from this site to listen to later, or you can also find them on iTunes. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!

There's a treat at the end of this interview; I added a track from Betsy's album with the Quartet Amici, the Andante from Quartet Opus 40, No. 1 in Bb by Franz Krommer. (Which you can still buy. Ask Betsy)

Don't forget to check out Betsy's Bassoon Blog!

Betsy Sturdevant’s career as a bassoonist began at 15 when she won the second bassoon position with the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra. While attending the Eastman School of Music she studied with K. David Van Hoesen and performed with the Rochester Philharmonic for three years. During summers at Aspen, Colorado and Chautauqua, New York she studied with renowned Japanese bassoonist Ryohei Nakagawa. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from Eastman, she won the principal bassoon position with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Betsy has also performed with the summer festivals of Boulder, Colorado; Plymouth, New Hampshire and Spoleto, Italy. She has served on the faculties of Capital University and Otterbein College and now teaches privately. She has been featured as bassoon soloist with orchestras in Ohio, Indiana and New York.

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5 comments for “Podcast: Betsy Sturdevant, Principal Bassoonist, Columbus Symphony

  1. Bill DeCoste
    September 6, 2011 at

    I am also a former student of Betsy’s. She is a great person. I feel privileged to have her as a friend after all these years.

    • September 7, 2011 at

      Thanks for that nice comment Bill. I’ll pass it on to Betsy.

  2. Tina Byer
    March 28, 2010 at

    As a former student of Betsy's, I really enjoyed hearing this interview and especially the clip at the end. I found her guidance counselor's comment ironic – who better than an excellent student to become a musician? My first exposure to classical music was also The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I got the Fantasia soundtrack as a present after I played the solo in a band arrangement in school. I wish I had thought of practicing in the car when my family was giving me a hard time about practicing at home!! Now THAT is dedication…

    • April 3, 2010 at

      Hi Tina, I passed your message on to Betsy. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Chris Saetti
    March 26, 2010 at

    Great idea and interview. I lost your voice after Betsy started talking though.

    With a couple of $20 USB microphones or headsets from Walmart, and Anvil (free recording software) you can get amazing results just using your PC. No other equipment needed.

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