July 3-5, 2019

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.

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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



·         Monday, July 27, 2015

·         10:00am  5:00pm

This year, we featured Guest Young Artist - Jonathan LiVolsi; Guest Young Arranger - Austin Durham; Justin Miller from Miller Marketing; Chamber Music Coach and Guest Judge - Joseph D'Auguste; and, for the first time in BASSOONAPALOOZA history, a competition of bassoonery for college scholarship $$$ and other prizes, entitled: BASSOON FOR YOUR LIFE!


·         Saturday, June 14, 2014

·         10:00am  5:00pm

Rutgers University presented BASSOONAPALOOZA 2014 under the direction of Dr. Christopher Wickham. This is the finale performance of the massive bassoon choir playing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen arr. by Thomas Bourgaut and featuring "Guest Young Artist" Liz Ros


·      Saturday, June 15, 2013

·      10:00am  5:00pm

Dr. Christopher Wickham presented BASSOONAPALOOZA! 2013 at Rutgers University.  Below, the BASSOONAPALOOZA Bassoon Ensemble's finale performance, The Sorcerer's Apprentice with all 24 participants and contra in Schare Recital Hall, June 15, 2013.