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UMass Studio Bassoon Teacher
    The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Mas­sachusetts Amherst invites applications for a the position of Assistant Professor of Studio Bassoon. This is a full-time tenure-track position to begin September 1, 2020. To apply, please submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; links, preferably through YouTube and in a separate document, to high quality audio and/or video recordings of performances (please include dates of performances); a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes your past, current, and anticipated contributions in these areas through research, teaching, and service; and a list of three current referees with full contact information, including valid email addresses. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. More information is available online. (10/19)

Assistant Professor of Studio Bassoon
UMass Amherst
Department of Music & Dance
273 Fine Arts Center
151 President’s Drive
Amherst MA 01003-9330

    The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a faculty position in STUDIO Bassoon. This is a full-time nine-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin September 1, 2020.
Link to UMass Job Description and online application
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description


  • Teach applied Bassoon lessons to undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors. Additional teaching responsibilities may include overseeing beginning bassoon techniques class for music education majors and chamber music coaching. Assignment will depend on the candidate’s areas of expertise and the needs of the department.
  • Maintain national and regional visibility as a performer/pedagogue as part of professional development.
  • Participate in on-campus faculty performances.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students, participate in auditions, serve on committees, and perform other university and professional service as appropriate.
  • Candidate must be willing and available to address responsibilities during the regular work week and on weekends, as needed.
  • Recruiting activities may include visiting secondary schools, offering workshops, participating in summer programs, and adjudicating.


  • Doctorate or Master’s degree in Bassoon performance preferred.
  • Equivalent professional experience considered.
  • Potential for or an already established national reputation as a bassoonist.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching as well as a high potential for recruiting at the university level.
  • Ability to work effectively within the department.

Additional Information

     Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions
    To apply, please submit 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) links, preferably through YouTube and in a separate document, to high quality audio and/or video recordings of performances (please include dates of performances), 4) Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which describes your past, current, and anticipated contributions in these areas through research, teaching and service, and 5) list of three current referees with full contact information including valid email addresses.
    Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
    Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Industry News
Seeking Old Band Journals
    The Naval School of Music is accepting donations of band magazines and journals to complete our library’s reference collection. Donations of such publications as CBDNA Journal, BASBWE Winds, WASBE Journal, and Band International are welcome. Please contact Librarian Russ Girsberger at 
[email protected]. (3/20)

New Products and Publications
B&S Metropolitan C Trumpet
    The B&S Metropolitan is a new series of trumpets made in the German tradition with American musicians in mind. The design features are thanks to a proud partnership between B&S and J. Landress Brass owner and renowned brass expert Josh Landress. The Metropolitan series is a departure from the already established Chal­lenger Series as it has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Features include a two-piece valve section, lightweight Monel piston stems, and a harmonic balancing system. The B&S Metropolitan C Trumpet model also features a newly designed bell flare, thickness, and rim; leadpipe; and mouthpiece receiver. (3/20)

D’Addario Woodwinds Products

    D’Addario Woodwinds announced the debut of its Venn reeds in March 2020. These reeds are intended to combine the stability and durability of synthetic reeds with the sound and feel of natural cane. In designing the new reed, D’Addario layered different strengths of polymer fibers with resin and organic reed elements. Venn lasts up to 20 times longer than a cane reed and is resistant to splitting, chipping, and breaking. The reeds require no care or maintenance. The Venn line will be available for Bb clarinet and alto and tenor saxophone in core strengths.
    D’Addario Woodwinds launched the Reserve Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece. Designed for the most demanding modern classical saxophonist, the Reserve Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece is made in the United States from foreign materials by a team of top musicians and engineers. It is milled, not molded from solid rod rubber, using D’Ad­dario’s precise com­puter-controlled mouthpiece-mak­ing technology. The mouthpiece is not hand-finished and has a medium chamber. It provides exceptional intonation across all registers of the saxophone and exceptional response and range of dynamic flexibility. (3/20)

pBugle Released

    Warwick Music Group, the company behind the pBone and pTrumpet plastic instruments, has introduced a medium-bore, Bb trumpet without valves. Manufactured in recyclable ABS plastic, the instrument offers an affordable way for young and old players alike to begin their trumpet journeys. Available in red, the pBugle is easy to hold and allows students to develop early brass skills without the complication of valves. The instrument, along with other instruments in the line, was featured at the NAMM convention in January. (2/20)

Cympad Undertones

    Drum and cymbal accessory manufacturer Cympad introduced Under­tones, a trio of cellular foam devices designed to improve the sound of bass drums and floor toms while offering an extra layer of protection from unwanted drum and pedal movement. The innovative system features specially-designed discs for floor tom legs and bass drum spurs as well as a pad for acoustic and electronic bass drum and hi-hat pedals. The pads decouple and isolate the drums from the floor, adding significant sustain and low end to their sound. The combination of spur and pedal pads is especially effective in enhancing the sound of bass drums and rack toms on bass drums equipped with mounted tom holders. In addition, the underside of Under­tones features a proprietary non-skid material that helps anchor the drums and hardware on a variety of surfaces and reduces the need for drum rugs. (2/20)

TRX ICE Series Mega Bell Rides

    The TRX Cymbal Company introduced six additions to its ICE Series – the 18", 20", 21", 22", 23", and 24" Mega-Bell Rides. The extra-heavy cym­bals feature TRX’s Dia­mond finish and a nine-inch, un­lathed bell. In­tended for modern rock and metal drumming, the ICE Mega-Bells have a clean, clear, cutting sound. (2/20)

TRX Effects Cymbals

    TRX announced an expansion and upgrade to its exclusive Special Edition line: the Special Edition KX Thunder and AX Light­ning Crash cymbals. Offered in 16" and 18" models, the new, vented cymbals bring TRX’s specially designed hole pattern to its midpriced line. The cymbals have a unique, trashy sound when used alone or stacked and are recommended for everything from traditional jazz and R&B to rock and metal. (11/19)

Severinsen Recordings Rediscovered
Doc Severinsen, former leader of The Tonight Show Orchestra, has released an album of lost performances with high school bands led by director Charles Forque in Baytown and Plano, Texas in the 1970s and 1980. The Lost Tapes Vol. 1 and 2 are culled from more than 40 soloist performances, and the final album includes six concertos by such legends as John Barnes Chance, Frank Bencriscutto, Vaclav Nelhybel, and Floyd Werle. Severinsen recalls that the Texas high school students “were just a joy to work with and so incredibly talented. I’m talking about the kind of talent comparable to any professional band working then or today.” Severinsen has recorded more than 30 albums during his long career. The newly released album is available from various digital music sources. (9/19)

Releases from Excelcia Music Publishing
    Excelcia Music Publishing, led by composer and publisher Larry Clark, has completed its first concert band release with 50 new pieces. The new works have been edited by Clark and Tyler Acari and include music from beginner to advanced. The color-coded series follows a standardized six-part grading system developed by Clark and Acari. Some of the many composers in the series are Carol Brittin Chambers, Sean O’Loughlin, Carl Strommen, and Robert Thurston.
    Excelcia has also added to its solo repertoire series with Robert Clayson’s Accessible Solo Repertoire for Percussion, an addition to the repertoire for young percussionists. The book contains 14 newly composed or arranged solos for snare drum, bells, xylophone, and marimba. The music difficulty ranges from 1.5 to 3 and will work for a solo festival or recital. Full recordings are available for download at (8/19)

Honors and Appointments and Other Music News
Mellon Foundation Grant

    With an award of $3,000,000 in grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a new collaborative initiative in the Baltimore-Washington corridor will champion a collective approach to diversifying American classical music. The Bal­ti­more-Washington Musical Path­ways partners seek to prepare and support student musicians in grades 8-12 from communities historically underrepresented in U.S. orchestras for study at music conservatories or as music majors at four-year colleges and universities, leading eventually to professional opportunities with the country’s leading ensembles. (3/20)

Teach Music Week March 16-22
    Keep Music Alive announces the 6th Annual Teach Music Week. This annual event invites musicians, music schools, music stores, and other music organizations to offer a free lesson or class to new students (both children and adults). This year, nearly 1,000 locations in over a dozen countries will participate. Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument is encouraged to seek out a participating location or musician friend to help get them started. Teach Music Week also invites public, private, and charter schools to schedule activities that will encourage more students to sign up for music classes. (3/20)

Larry Clark Honored

    The Florida State University Marching Chiefs Alumni (FSUMCA) inducted Ex­cel­cia Music Pub­lishing President and founder Larry Clark into its Wall of Fame at FSU’s Home­coming fes­tiv­i­ties on Oc­tober 26. (12/19)

NBA Award to Richard Crain

    The National Band Association will honor Richard Crain with its annual AWAPA award at the Midwest in December. The Academy of Wind and Percussive Arts (AWAPA) award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the excellence of bands and of band music. A member of the Midwest Clinic board since 1992, he became President of the Board in 2009. Crain’s distinguished career included 44 years as a public school teacher with three different high schools in Texas. His 21-year tenure as Head Band Director at Spring High School included a 1980 appearance at the Midwest. His lifetime honors include the Midwest Medal of Honor in 2007, induction into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005, the Texas Bandmasters Association Honorary Life Member award in 2012, and an Honorary Doctorate from VanderCook College of Music in 2017. He is a co-author of Band Expressions, Books I and II, published by Alfred. (12/19)

Band Directors Marchat 2021 Rose Parade

    Directors from across the country will form a 300-member marching band for the 2021 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. The project is sponsored by the Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation, based in Pickering, Ohio. Sewell dedicated his life to music programs in Central Ohio for more than 38 years. The foundation was created to honor and continue his work.
    The band, along with a custom-float, will march the 5.5-mile parade route under the theme “We teach music. We teach life.” The band’s performance and rehearsals will be directed by Jon Waters, with arrangements by Bob Thurston, a former high school band director and Air Force staff arranger. Optional education seminars will be held at the host hotel to allow directors to earn continuing education credits. The selection of applicants for the band will be by a committee of the Sewell foundation. For details on pricing and the application process, visit (12/19)

Americans Would Miss Music Most

    Music is the art form that Americans would miss most, according to new research by Chicago-based audio branding specialist PHMG. Twenty-eight percent of Americans say they would be least able to live without music, compared to 27 percent for television and 18 percent for books. (11/19)

Jim Stephenson with Hal Leonard
    Hal Leonard has become the exclusive worldwide distributor for Stephen­son Music, the publishing company of composer Jim Stephenson, whose re­cent Liq­uid Mel­ancholy al­bum was a 2019 Grammy Awards nominee. His cat­alog in­cludes o­ver 300 compositions for orchestra, band, chorus, chamber music, brass band, and solo instruments.
    After having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples (Florida) Philharmonic, Stephenson started composing his own works. Leading American orchestras and wind ensembles, such as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and The United States Marine Band, have commissioned and performed his music. Additionally, Stephenson is a highly sought-after arranger, conductor, and guest lecturer, traveling extensively to share his musical passions. (10/19)

New Dean at Stetson

    Stetson University has appointed Timothy Peter as the new dean of its School of Music. Peter joined the school’s faculty seven years ago and has served as interim dean in the past year. He will continue to teach choral conducting and will also direct the Stetson Concert Choir. He received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona and served as head of the music department and professor of music at Luther College prior to his arrival at Stetson. (8/19)



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