Hazel Malcolmson

Hazel M.

Cambridge, MA

About Hazel M.

Hazel teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: September 2014
Last sign in: Within a month


Hi! I am a professional bassoon player working in the Boston area and an Instructor of Bassoon at the University of Connecticut. I received my bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School and my master's degree from the New England Conservatory. My major teachers include Richard Ranti, Judith LeClair, David Carroll and Gregg Henegar. I work with bassoon students of all ages and levels. My approach to teaching is based on the philosophy and methods that have been passed down to me. Balancing solo pieces and melodic etudes with technical etudes and exercises allows us to get a little closer to our goal of creating music that transports us to another place.


Instructor of Bassoon
Jul 2016 - Present
University of Connecticut

Bassoon teacher and reed-making instructor for music majors at the University of Connecticut. During lessons, we work on developing and enhancing musical ideas and address the technical challenges that are inherent in achieving those musical goals. We consider the use of dynamics, articulations, intonation, rhythm, vibrato, and tone color. I work on developing the fundamentals of bassoon playing, including scales, arpeggios, breath control, intonation, vibrato, varieties of articulations, double-tonguing and increasing the repertoire of fingerings necessary for tricky passages.

Jan 2015 - Present
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

Bassoon sectionals coach for BYSO's Repertory Orchestra and Junior Repertory Orchestra. During the sectionals, we work on achieving the specific musical atmosphere through improving the use of dynamics, articulations, pitch, rhythm, vibrato, tone color and other similar aspects of performing music. I also make suggestions as to fingerings for tricky passages when it seems appropriate.


Sep 2013 - May 2015
New England Conservatory
Sep 1997 - May 2000
The Juilliard School

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


May 2015
Toledo Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoon Audition
May 2015
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoon Audition


Pi Kappa Lambda
Jun 2015

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

International Double Reed Society
Sep 2011

The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2011

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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