Bassoonist Pat Nelson will be joining the faculty of the WWU Music Department beginning in the fall quarter of 2016.
Originally from Rhode Island, Nelson received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s of Music Degree in Bassoon Performance from Northwestern University. She studied with John Pederson (North Carolina Symphony), Robert Barris (Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony) and William Dietz (Tucson Symphony).
Pat is the bassoonist with the highly acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet. Since 2001, Westwood has released 14 recordings on the Crystal Records label. She is co-founder and President of the Bellingham Chamber Music Society, presenting traditional and contemporary chamber music and premiering works by new composers. Pat also performs with the WWU faculty woodwind quintet, Fifth Inversion, Skagit Opera, Melodious Notes on San Juan Island, and a New York based trio, Sapphire Winds.
Pat is the Bassoon Instructor at DigiPen Institute of Technology and maintains a large private studio in Northwest Washington. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator in the Pacific Northwest and has been guest artist and instructor at Musicfest in Wales, Utah State Music Festival, Wright State University, and California State University at Long Beach.