Bassoon students at Lamont study with internationally renowned, multiple Grammy-nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann. Prof. Kuuskmann is one of the most sought-after bassoonists on the classical music scene. He has been featured as a soloist and recording artist with the New York and London Philharmonics, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others. 

Our bassoon studio takes full advantage of Lamont's diverse performance opportunities, participating in ensembles including symphony orchestra and opera, as well as chamber, world and contemporary groups.

Auditions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. 

    The 2021 interview dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • One major and one minor scale (harmonic or melodic), using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key
  • One etude from Milde Scale or Concert Studies
  • Two complete works from contrasting periods (sonata, concerto or one movement work)
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Knowledge of transpositions/clefs where applicable
  • Sight-reading might be requested

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  • One major and one minor scale (harmonic or melodic), using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key
  • Two contrasting etudes from Milde Concert Studies
  • Two complete works from contrasting periods; one work must be a concerto and one work must be from the 20th century
  • Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture and one other contrasting orchestral excerpt
  • Knowledge of transposition/clefs where applicable
  • Sight-reading might be requested

Review requirements for Artist Diploma
Review requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies

Faculty

 
Martin Kuuskmann

Martin Kuuskmann

Assistant Professor

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