California native Stephanie Willow Patterson is a bassoonist with a passion for collaboration, outreach, and contemporary music. She is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Wichita State University.
Stephanie has performed and taught at the Festival Internacional de Música Colonial Brasileira e Música Antiga in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, as well as the Sequoia Music Festival in Arcata, CA. She has been invited to perform at the Fairbanks New Music Festival, the Sonorities Festival in Belfast, Ireland, the IHearIC music series, and the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Symposium. She has been a member of the Wichita Symphony and the Fairbanks Symphony, and has performed with many orchestras across the Midwest. She has played alongside the Iowa City Jazz Vespers group and the Wichita free-jazz Bodo ensemble.
She holds degrees in Performance and Russian from the Oberlin Conservatory and College, Wichita State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa. Her primary bassoon gurus have been Professors George Sakakeeny, Nicolasa Kuster, Scott Oakes and Benjamin Coelho, though she has also dabbled in improvisation under the direction of jazz bassoonist Paul Hansen, and studied in Russia with Igor Gerasimov, who neither plays jazz nor speaks English. Stephanie frequently collaborates with composers, organizing the first season of the Wichita State University New Music Concert Series in 2008-2009, and the Iowa Celebration of Women Composers in 2013.
Her staged performances include Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis at the Wichita Knob Festival at the FischHaus art gallery, and In Freundschaft by Stockhausen for bassoon-playing teddy bear. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, the busy streets of Moscow, the pedestrian malls of Madrid, the gilded Kappella hall of St. Petersburg, a medieval church in Prague, after-school programs in Alaska, with Pierre Boulez at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, atop a gallows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a room with speakers encircling the audience, and the mountains of North Carolina.