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Dr. Jefferson Campbell

Professional Bio

Jefferson Campbell has distinguished himself over the last several years as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician on the bassoon. Dr. Campbell has appeared as soloist in North Carolina, Kentucky, Nebraska, New York and in a tour of Germany including a performance of Mozart's Symphonie Concertante for winds in Berlin. The winner of solo competitions in Kentucky and Nebraska, Jefferson has enjoyed early success in his career including solo appearances with the Bowling Green/Western Symphony Orchestra and the Winston-Salem Festival Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Campbell has held positions with orchestras in Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, and Nebraska, where he was a member of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. His current chamber music projects include the Third Chair Chamber Players (NE), the Duluth Bassoon Ensemble and performances with groups in and around the Duluth area. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Music History at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and has served on the artist faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. Dr. Campbell been published in the Journal of the International Double Reed Society   and presented and performed at the National Conference of the IDRS in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

Jefferson Campbell holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Western Kentucky University, a Master of Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His primary teachers have been Cynthia Estill, C. Larry Long, Mark Popkin, Gary Echols and Dr. Albie Micklich.

Training Wheels for the Bassoon: an instrumental educator's guide to the bassoon beginner

Training Wheels for the Bassoon: an instrumental educator's guide to the bassoon beginner, is the new textbook by Dr. Jefferson Campbell that deals with issues related to beginning a young bassoonist and setting them on the right path to success. Designed with the classroom educator in mind, Training Wheels offers band and orchestra directors the information they need in order to aid their young, new bassoonists. Step-by-step instructions for assembly, maintenance, correct hand and performance positions are included with photographs. Also included is a brief guide to selecting reeds and basic reed adjustment, as well as two full-range fingering charts; one fully annotated with tips and hints for each note, and the other a full-range chart for you to copy and distribute to your students. Information on purchasing this text can be found by clicking on the link to the left of this page.


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