Bassoon Study at the University of Kentucky

Peter Simpson, Professor of Bassoon

College of Fine Arts

Degree Programs | Lessons | Student Accomplishments |
Playing Opportunities
| Audition Information

Degree Programs

The UK School of Music offers three undergraduate degrees:

  • BM in Music Performance
  • BME in Music Education
  • BA in Music

Two Music Minor programs:

  • Performance
  • Academic Music

Master of Music degrees:

  • Performance History
  • Music Education Theory

Master of Arts degrees:

  • Music
  • History
  • Theory

Doctoral Degrees are offered in all disciplines


  • Bassoon lessons are available to all UK students
  • Weekly performance class required of all majors, and open to all students.
  • 2 and 3 Credit lessons are one hour per week.
  • 1 Credit lessons are 1/2 hour per week.
  • Loaner instruments are available at no charge.

Playing opportunities

The UK Wind Ensemble uses 3 to 4 bassoonists, depending on literature. This group frequently features chamber pieces such as the Stravinsky Octet or Mozart Grand Partita, and has been featured during Conferences of the College Band Director's National Association.

The University Symphony Band uses up to 4 bassoonists, and performs demanding literature for large ensembles.

University of Kentucky Band Home Page

The University Symphony Orchestra has been featuring major works for over 30 years. We are fortunate to have a large base of fine string players, partially due to the strong Suzuki program in Central Kentucky. The UK Orchestra has performed such works as Strauss Tone Poems, Stravinsky Ballets, and Beethoven, Brahms, and Shostakovitch Symphonies. The group sponsors an annual Concerto Competition for UK students, which has been won twice by members of my studio.

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