Bassonist Barrick Stees playing his bassoon
Start: September 16, 2023 10 a.m.
End: September 16, 2023 10 p.m.
Location: Hahn Recital Hall
Contact Details
Keith Sweger


Join the Ball State School of Music Bassoon studio for a day of music, learning, and meeting other musicians. This year's guests will include Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra Barrick Stees, bassoon technicians Paul Nordby and Kathleen Moniaci, and Fox Bassoons. Participants will be given complimentary tickets for the evening's Orchestra Indiana concert in Emens Auditorium featuring Firebird Suite by Stravinsky,  Sorcerer's Apprentice  by Dukas, and selections from Harry Potter by Williams.

Guest Artist: Barrick Stees

Barrick Stees is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra and Instructor of Bassoon at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent Blossom Music. Stees received a bachelor's degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with K. David Van Hoesen.

He has concertized extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, including a solo tour of Hong Kong and China. He has appeared at international music festivals in Italy, Germany, Argentina, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. He has given recitals throughout the United States. Solo appearances include performances with the Hartford Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and the Cass City Bach Festival.

Awarded the Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award from the United States Secretary of Education, he has taught at Michigan State University, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Brevard Music Center and the University of Akron. His former students occupy prominent positions in orchestras and universities throughout the United States.

He was previously Principal Bassoonist with the Hartford Symphony and has played with the Pittsburgh and Detroit Symphony Orchestras as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has recorded three solo CDs, The Romantic Bassoon, Opera Transcriptions and Paraphrases, and Nostalgica. His website,, and blog, BarryBlogs, contain a wealth of information for bassoonists.

Barry teaches the reed classes at the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp.

Schedule of Events

Registration 10:00 am

Masterclass 10:30 am

Lunch 12:00 pm

Instrument Exhibit 1:00 pm

Bassoon Repair and Maintenance 2:00 pm

Masterclass 3:00 pm

Recital 4:30 pm

Orchestra Indiana Concert 7:30 pm


Register here.