Douglas Spaniol

Douglas Spaniol's Biography

Doug Spaniol is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Woodwinds at Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts, where he teaches bassoon and courses in music theory, reed-making, pedagogy, literature, and chamber music. In the summers, he serves as Instructor of Bassoon at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp. He previously was a member of the faculty at Valdosta State University and has twice served as visiting professor at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Spaniol's dedication and effectiveness as a teacher are reflected in the many accomplishments of his students. These include winning competitions leading to concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, the Butler Symphony Orchestra, and Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition his students have been offered scholarships to this country's finest music schools, and have won prizes in competitions sponsored by Pi Kappa Lambda, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and in the Children's Museum of Indianapolis' Prelude Awards competition.

As a performer, Dr. Spaniol has appeared as concerto soloist with Sinfonia da Camera, St. Petersburg Classical Symphony Orchestra, Solisti St. Petersburg, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and Butler's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Jordan Sinfonia. He can be heard as soloist on two CD's: Bassoon with a View and Frank Felice: Sidewalk Music. As a member of Arbítrio (with Alicia Cordoba Tait, oboe, and Bradley Haag, piano) he has performed throughout the Midwest, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. As principal bassoonist of Sinfonia da Camera, Dr. Spaniol has toured England, been heard on NPR's Performance Today, and appears on CDs on Redcliffe and Zephyr records and the Classical Music for Dummies CD. He has also performed with many other ensembles including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He has presented masterclasses at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Michigan State University, and for the annual Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. He frequently appears as a performer/presenter at conferences of the International Double Reed Society and serves as the Bassoon Chair for the IDRS' Fernand Gillet – Hugo Fox Competition. A Yamaha Artist/Clinician, Dr. Spaniol plays a Yamaha YFG-811 bassoon.

In 1992 Dr. Spaniol was named a Marshall Scholar and subsequently studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he was awarded the prestigious Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. He also holds degrees from the University of Illinois and from The Ohio State University. His bassoon teachers include Christopher Weait, William Waterhouse, and E. Sanford Berry.

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