Principal Bassoon

Principal Bassoon

Doug joined the Phoenix Symphony as Principal Bassoon in September of 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was a frequent guest with the San Francisco Symphony and maintained a robust teaching studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. His students were members of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and he served as Lecturer of Bassoon at California State University, East Bay, presenting regular outreach performances.

In addition to his work with the San Francisco Symphony, Doug had Principal Bassoon contracts with the California Symphony, Monterey Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Merced Symphony, and West Bay Opera Company. Prior to working in California, he served as Principal Bassoon of the Billings and Great Falls Symphonies in Montana and was Bassoonist of the Great Falls Symphony Association's resident woodwind quintet, the Chinook Winds, presenting master classes and recitals throughout Montana.

A native of Red Lodge, Montana, Doug completed his studies with Whitney Crockett at the Juilliard School in New York City in the spring of 2009. Doug's rockstar teachers include Susan Wadsworth, Whitney Crockett, Sue Heineman, Carl Rath, and Eric Stomberg. With members of New York City's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, he recorded nonet selections from Beethoven’s opera Fidelio issued on the Oboe Classics label in the fall of 2007. Doug has performed as a member of the orchestra at the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company in Logan, Utah since 2010, and his previous summer activities have included the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, Maine, and the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C. In his spare time, Doug enjoys hiking, cooking, visiting museums, parks, and galleries. He shares his home with his husband, Wesley, and dogs Zoe and Ansel.