Douglas Spaniol

Douglas Spaniol's Biography

Doug Spaniol is Professor of Bassoon at Butler University and Instructor of Bassoon at Interlochen Arts Camp. His instructional book for bassoonists, The New Weissenborn Method for Bassoon (Hal Leonard), has been called "a must for all your beginning students" (The Double Reed) and "an invaluable addition to bassoon literature...a landmark in pedagogy" (Double Reed News). His bassoon students have enjoyed remarkable success, placing in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, the International Double Reed Society's Young Artists Competition and the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition. Other competition successes have led to concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra. His students have also performed on National Public Radio's From the Top and won positions and/or performed with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and other professional ensembles.

Dr. Spaniol has appeared as soloist with Sinfonia da Camera, the St. Petersburg Classical Symphony Orchestra, Solisti St. Petersburg, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis. He has recorded for Albany, Capstone, Centaur, Innova and Zephyr Records. Dr. Spaniol served as principal bassoonist of Sinfonia da Camera for eleven seasons and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Rock E Bassoon, a rock band comprised of six electric bassoonists and a drummer. He has also performed with The Rolling Stones, Art Garfunkel, Sandi Patty, and Michael Feinstein. 

Dr. Spaniol has presented master classes and workshops at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Cardiff), the St. Petersburg (Russia) Conservatory, Indiana University and many others. He frequently appears as a performer/presenter at music education conferences and the annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society. Dr. Spaniol has been named both a Fulbright Scholar and a Marshall Scholar; has received degrees from the University of Illinois, the Royal Northern College of Music and The Ohio State University; and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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