Michael Burns (bassoon) is Associate Professor of bassoon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds the B.M. degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and the D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Burns has performed in numerous professional orchestras including the Cincinnati and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestras and played Principal in the Midland/Odessa, Richmond, and Abilene Symphonies, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Currently he is in demand as a performer with the North Carolina, Charleston, Greensboro, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras. He is also bassoonist in the Eastwind Ensemble and the Cascade Quintet. Burns has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Indiana State University, and Midland College. In addition he remains active as a solo and chamber performer with performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America and the South Pacific, and at several leading Universities internationally. In summers, Burns is associated with the Eastern Music Festival and the Bands of America Summer Symposium. He is also an active composer with many of his pieces being published by BOCAL Music and frequently performed throughout the country. His mentors include William Winstead, Sherman Walt, Leonard Sharrow, and Colin Hemmingsen. He is archivist for the International Double Reed Society and has co-hosted the IDRS 2003 Conference in Greensboro, NC. Burns is a Yamaha Performing Artist.