Bassoonist Jacqui Wilson currently resides in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where she serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State University. As an active bassoon soloist, she regularly presents recitals, masterclasses, and clinics including recent engagements at the International Double Reed Society Conference (Columbus, GA, Redlands, CA), the College Music Society Conference (Santa Fe, NM), the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (Oklahoma City, OK), the Michigan Music Conference (Grand Rapids, MI), the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference (Ames, IA), and Wisconsin Public Radio’s program, Live From the Chazen. As an active chamber musician and founding member of both the Wilson Duo (bassoon and marimba) and the Driftless Winds reed trio, she has been featured on various college campuses and festivals, including the Ashland Chamber Music Society (Ashland, WI) and the Avaloch Chamber Music Institute (Boscowen, NH). She previously taught in the University of Wisconsin system and has published educational articles in several journals, including The Double Reed, The Instrumentalist, and School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Jacqui holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She is also a graduate of Boston University's College of Fine Arts and Eastern Washington University. Her principal teachers include Benjamin Coelho, Matthew Ruggiero, and Lynne Feller-Marshall. When not bassooning, she enjoys reading and cuddling with her basset hound, Buddy.
Favorite book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Favorite TV Show: RuPaul's Drag Race!
Dream vacation: Milan, Italy
Fun Fact: I didn't start playing the bassoon until my junior year of high school!