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JULY 7 & 8, 2017  |  Sarteano, Italy



Friday and Saturday, July 7 & 8, 2017

Sarteano, Italy | Summer Music in Tuscany

BASSOONAPALOOZA! will once again be held in Sarteano, Italy, as part of the first session of the Summer Music in Tuscany ( summer music festival.  Participants will have opportunities to perform in the BASSOONAPALOOZA! Bassoon Ensemble, Master Classes (chamber and solo), work on reeds, as well as perform on the BASSOONAPALOOZA! Concert, Friday July 7th.  Headlined by Sebastian Stevensson, participants will also work side-by-side with Dr. Christopher Wickham and BACOUSTICS!

To apply, you will need to submit your CV (an audition is not required if you do not plan to participate in the SMT festival).  

Full tuition for the event is $200 and is due upon acceptance into the program.

For more information about Tuition payment options:

To anchor the event, Guest Artist Sebastian Stevensson, Principal Bassoon of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, will be in the house, teaching on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 2017. 

Sebastian Stevensson has held the position as principal bassoon of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra since 2012.  During 2015, Sebastian served as principal bassoon of the Munich Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev; he has also appeared as guest principal with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, West German Radio Orchestra, DSO Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic.

Sebastian has appeared as soloist with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s (New York), Duisburg Philharmonic (Germany), and the Nordic Youth Orchestra (Sweden). 

Sebastian is a laureate of the Prague Spring Competition, winner of the Rosenborg German Scholarship and collected the 1st Prize at the 2014 Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition in New York. Sebastian is working as teacher at the Danish Royal Academy of Music.


Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, 2016

Sarteano, Italy | Summer Music in Tuscany

For the first time, BASSOONAPALOOZA! was held off of the Rutgers campus.  Joining forces with Summer Music in Tuscany (, we begin down a new path in our lovely new venue, Teatro Arrischianti in the rustic Tuscan village, Sarteano.

This year's BASSOONAPALOOZA! was headlined by Sebastian Stevensson, principal bassoon of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.  Stevensson led master classes and coachings during the two day event.  In addition, he was featured on the Saturday evening concert, performing Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, accompanied by the festival bassoon ensemble (largely comprised of members of BACOUSTICS).

The BASSOONAPALOOZA! Festival Bassoon Ensemble was led by Dr. Christopher WIckham.




10-11:30   Bassoon Ensemble Rehearsal with C. Wickham

4-6   Chamber Music Master Class with Sebastian Stevensson

7:30    BASSOONAPALOOZA! Concert


4-6     Solo Masterclass with Sebastian Stevensson

7:30    Summer Music in Tuscany Session 1 Concert, Mozart Bassoon Concerto with Sebastian Stevensson