BACOUSTICS is the Rutgers University undergraduate bassoon ensemble comprised of students enrolled at the Mason Gross School of the Arts studying the bassoon. Students involved in the ensemble learn the necessary skills needed to play the bassoon successfully in a coached chamber music setting. The ensemble is committed to raising "bassoon awareness" within the community and providing educational outreach concerts at schools throughout the state of New Jersey as well as neighboring New York and Pennsylvania.
In the pursuit of expanding the limited repertoire for bassoon ensemble, BACOUSTICS has commissioned and performed numerous original compositions and arrangements. Of the more notorious world premiere performances, BACOUSTICS was at the forefront of the “Double Reed Flash Mob” at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City.
In the summer of 2016, BACOUSTICS began a new tradition, trekking eastward across the pond to make their international debut at BASSOONAPALOOZA! as a part of the Summer Music in Tuscany Chamber Music Festival. They returned in 2017, premiering two new arrangements, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras n. 5 with esteemed mezzo-soprano, Angela Niederloh (Portland State University, Oregon), and Weber's Andante e Rondo Ungarese with the eminent Sebastian Stevensson (Principal Bassoon with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra).
BACOUSTICS has performed with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Rutgers Wind Symphony, Eastern Wind Symphony, and this year, BACOUSTICS premiered Christopher Kaminski's Flamingo Rising with the Rutgers Sinfonia!
Formed in 2013, BACOUSTICS is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Wickham, woodwind faculty at Rutgers University.