2018 NewBassoon Institute

After an acclaimed inaugural workshop at the Eastman School of Music in 2016, Dark in the Song will again present the NewBassoon Institute, a four-day workshop June 8-12, 2018 as part of the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.

Tuition for the four-day institute is $400, which includes all activities, concert admission and private lessons. The tuition fee also includes lodging and lunch each day for the duration of the workshop. 2018 NewBassoon Institute registration/payment and housing links are now available below. Payment is due no later than April 15 to secure a place in the workshop (if you plan on entering the performance competition, these materials are due April 1).

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Five leading American bassoon artists and teachers, Michael Harley, Peter Kolkay, Lynn Hileman, Saxton Rose, and Rachael Elliott, all members of the pioneering bassoon collective Dark in the Song, present a four-day workshop on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques, and pedagogy. The featured guest artist this year will be Jeffrey Lyman, Professor of Bassoon at the University of Michigan. The institute is designed for college students and beyond. Participants will work closely with the faculty in a variety of settings, including private lessons, master classes, and ensemble coachings. The workshop also includes faculty and student performances, exhibits, and a performance competition. Read about the 2016 Workshop.


  • Performance master classes and private lessons by Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Peter Kolkay, Rachael Elliott, and Jeffrey Lyman
  • The Dark in the Song Performance Competition Final Round
  • Full faculty recital of solo and chamber works for bassoon by Dark in the Song with Jeffrey Lyman
  • Lecture/discussion on new trends in chamber music
  • Workshops on contemporary bassoon literature and techniques, including circular breathing
  • Panel discussion on grant writing, commissioning, and entrepreneurial activities for performers
  • Performance of Michael Gordon’s Rushes, an hour-long work for seven bassoons
  • Presentation on the Pedagogy of Extended Techniques
  • Performance/demonstration on performing with various electronic systems including live looping


Tuition for all four days is $400 including all activities, concert admission and private lessons. Lodging and one meal per day (lunch) is included in the tuition fee.

The entire institute takes place in historic Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern shore.