Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Congratulations to WSU alum: bassoonist Nathan Koch

Austin-based bassoonist Dr. Nathan J. Koch will be joining the faculty of Sam Houston State University in the Fall of 2012 as the Assistant Professor of Bassoon.  He currently enjoys a busy and varied teaching and performing schedule in the central Texas area.

Dr. Koch has performed with the Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera, the Tulsa, Victoria, and Brazos Valley Symphonies, and the Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra.  He has appeared as a featured soloist at the 2008 Kansas Bandmasters Association convention and as a contrabassoon clinician for the online subscription service I Compete in Texas.  Festival appearances include the Round Top Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, the Pierre Monteux School Orchestra, and the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil. 

He maintains an active private studio of bassoonists ranging in age from 12 to their mid 60’s.  He has served on the faculties of the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Longhorn Music Camp, the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp, and the High Plains Band and Orchestra Camp.

Several of Dr. Koch’s solo and chamber music arrangements are available through TrevCo Music, including works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Debussy.

Dr. Koch holds degrees from Wichita State University (B.M.) and The University of Texas at Austin (M.M., D.M.A.) where he studied with Nicolasa Kuster and Kristin Wolfe Jensen.