Department of Woodwinds

Current Students

Associate Instructors:

Stephanie Konchel 
Doctor of Music, 1st Year
Student of William Ludwig

Stephanie Konchel is a bassoonist and educator based in Bloomington, Indiana.
Originally from Troy, Michigan, she has enjoyed performing and maintaning a thriving
private studio in the Metro Detroit/Windsor area. She has served as acting principal bassoon with the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Columbus Symphony, New World Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic. She earned her Master of Music degree with honors at Ohio State University, where she served as teaching assistant to Karen Pierson. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree with honors in bassoon performance at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Richard Beene and Dr. Jeffrey Lyman. Stephanie has attended several music festivals, including Sarasota Music Festival, Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as part of the International Wind Youth Orchestra in Killarney, Ireland. She has played in masterclasses for Judith LeClair, Nancy Goeres, Richard Svoboda, Kathleen McLean, John Miller, J. Jeff Robinson, Albie Micklich, William Winstead, Christopher O’Riley, and Karl Kraber. Stephanie is passionate about bringing classical music into her community. She was active in both the Detroit and Ann Arbor chapters of Classical Revolution, and she plans to continue playing with Classical Revolution Bloomington. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys cooking, reading, and trying out new restaurants. You can find Stephanie online at www.StephanieKonchel.com


Phillip Thomas 
Performers Diploma, 1st Year 
Student of Kathleen McLean

Phillip Thomas hails from Arlington, WA. He previously studied with Francine Peterson at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he graduated with degrees in Music Performance and History. In 2009 Phillip was a fellow at the Seattle Youth Symphony's Marrowstone Music Festival as well as a participant in the first annual Vianden International Music Festival in Vianden, Luxembourg. Outside of school, he was as 2nd bassoon/Contrabassoon in the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2012.
 
When not playing bassoon, he enjoys traveling, working on cars (and antique tractors), and is a voracious reader.


Graduate Students

Katie Bauernfeind 
Performers Diploma, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, Katie Bauernfeind has been playing bassoon since 2003. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Indiana University. Katie obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota where she studied with John Miller and Norbert Nielubowski. At the Jacobs School, Katie performs with numerous IU orchestras and bands. In the Minneapolis area, Katie has performed with the University of Minnesota Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the College Band Directors National Intercollegiate Honor Band, the Minnesota All-State Band and Orchestra, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. On the rare occasion that Katie is not playing bassoon, she enjoys sailing, reading and trail running.

Conor Bell
Master of Music, 2nd Year 
Student of William Ludwig

Cayla Bellamy  
Doctor of Music, 3rd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Cayla Bellamy is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, where she performs regularly with both university and regional professional ensembles and maintains a small private studio. Cayla recently accepted a position as Assistant Director of Administration with the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and she has previously held teaching and administrative positions with the IU Student Academic Center, IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra (GA), Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA), UGA Summer Music Camps (GA), and Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI). Cayla also holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Georgia, where she was distinguished as a National Presser Scholar.  You can find her online at www.caylabellamy.com.

Jacob Darrow 
Performers Diploma, 2nd Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Jacob Darrow is a bassoonist and contrabassoonist based in Bloomington, Indiana. He currently holds an appointment as the Contrabassoonist of the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with various orchestras around the country, including the Central Ohio Symphony, the New Albany Symphony, The Terre Haute Symphony, the Carmel Symphony, the Westerville Symphony, and the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In April 2013, Mr. Darrow had the privilege of performing Mozart's Bassoon Concerto K.191 after winning the 2013 Concerto Competition for The Ohio State University. This was his second time performing as a soloist in front of an Orchestra, having previously performed the Vivaldi Basson Concerto in G Major R. V. 494. In June of 2014, he had the privilege of performing as the bassoon soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds and Orchestra, K. 297b.

Mr. Darrow has recorded for the Naxos label, and is also a member of the Ohana Winds, a chamber group based in Bloomington, Indiana.   

In addition to his performance life, Mr. Darrow has held appointments as a Graduate Assistant for both Indiana University and The Ohio State University, and is currently a recipient of the Artistic Excellence Fellowship at Indiana University.

Mr. Darrow is currently a student of Kathleen McLean at Indiana University. He holds a B. M. from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied with Bruce Hammel, and an M. M. from The Ohio State University, where he studied with Karen Pierson.


Kevin Foss 
Master of Music, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig


Sara Fruehe 
Doctor of Music, 1st Year
Student of William Ludwig

Bassoonist, Sara Fruehe is a freelance musician and private lesson instructor currently based in Bloomington, Indiana. Sara has performed with the Kingsville (TX), Terre Haute (IN), Bloomington Camerata (IN), and Northwest (IL) Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed with the Wheaton (IL) Municipal Band and was a featured soloist in 2010, performing the Carl Maria von Weber Concerto in F major, Op. 75.

Prior to relocating to Bloomington, Sara resided in San Antonio, Texas. There she maintained a private lesson studio of approximately fifty high school and middle school students.

While in San Antonio, Sara was a founding member of the Ventoso Winds woodwind quintet. With the Ventoso Winds, Sara has performed for educational and community outreach. The ensemble was active in performing and leading masterclasses for the public school districts of San Antonio, Kerrville, and Odessa, Texas. The quintet commissioned Kevin Wilt, Assistant Professor of Music and composer-in-residence at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL), for a work resulting in Forest Bagatelles. Sara, as a member of the Ventoso Winds, gave the premiere performance in September 2013. The Ventoso Winds was a featured showcase performance at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

Sara holds a Master of Music degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her principal teachers include Arthur Weisberg, William Buchman, William Ludwig, and Robert Barris. Sara has played in masterclasseses for David McGill, Christopher Weait, Kathleen McLean, Nancy Goeres, Timothy McGovern, Steve Vacchi, and Charles Ullery. This fall, Sara will begin work on her Doctorate of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Outside of music Sara enjoys baking, reading, and photography.


Saemee Kim  
Performers Diploma, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Saemee Kim, was born and raised in South Korea. She began playing the bassoon at age 15 in her first year of high school. Three years later, she entered the Seoul National University and received a Bachelor's Degree in 2011. She has studied with Myoung Gyu Jang of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years. From her freshman year, she became a member of Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and has played as a principal bassoonist in 2010 and 2011.

 Ms. Kim was the 2nd prize winner of Hanyang University Competition and Music Journal Competition in 2006. She also has attended Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra woodwind Academy in 2009 and had a concert with Paul Mayer. And She had a recital on Sejong Center for the Performing Art in 2011.

 Ms. Kim is a graduate of Ewha Women's University as an education major of music in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Performers Diploma at Indiana University, where she is studying with Professor.William Ludwig. 


Josué Mora
Master of Music in Multiple Woodwinds –Bsn Major, 1st Year
Student of William Ludwig

Josué J. Mora is a multiple woodwind musician and has performed in various orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles and musicals in different woodwind instruments. 

Josué holds a B. M. degree in Music Studies with a Texas All-Level Teaching Certification from Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) where he studied bassoon with Professor Daris Hale, saxophone with Dr. William Todd Oxford and clarinet with Professor Stephen Girko. While in Texas, Josué was a member the Balcones Community Orchestra and the Central Texas Medical Orchestra (Austin, TX). He had the great opportunity to hold a bassoon studio at Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Kyle, TX). Josué has attended a number of summer festivals, including the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (2014), the Chamber Music Institute at University of Nebraska with the Mezcolanza Reed Quintet (2013) and the Summer Saxophone Institute at Eastman School of Music (2012).

At Texas State University Josué was the recipient of the Presser Foundation Scholar Award ('13 - '14), the Outstanding Student in Wind Studies, the 2nd prize winner of the Lewis Woods Kone, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Music Award, Downbeat's 36th Annual Student Music Awards Classical Group College Undergraduate Award with the Phoenix Saxophone Quartet. He is the recipient of a Graduate Tuition Award at Indiana University.
Josué's community involvement includes an arrangement of twelve duets for bassoon and clarinet based on a traditional hymnbook for a performance at the Gideon's International Businessmen Annual Conference in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico (2013).

Josué is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Multiple Woodwinds at Indiana University, where he is a student of Professor William Ludwig.


Kevin Staggs 
Master of Music in Multiple Woodwinds – Bsn Major, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Sanna Wager 
Bassoon Minor
Student of Kathleen McLean

Sanna Wager, American and Finnish, grew up in Switzerland. She began playing piano at age 4 and bassoon at age 17. She studied with bassoonists Laura Ponti and Diego Chenna in Europe before coming to Indiana University, where she received her BM in bassoon performance in 2014, studying under Prof. Kathleen McLean. She is currently a PhD student in music informatics at Indiana University, minoring in bassoon. When she is not programming or playing the bassoon, she enjoys spending time in nature.


Heng Ling Wang
Performers Diploma, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig


Jimmy Wiederhold 
Master of Music in Multiple Woodwinds – Bsn Major, 2nd Year
Student of Kathleen McLean


Spencer Wilson 
Master of Music, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Undergraduate Students

David Carter 
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year 
Student of William Ludwig


Brian Curl
  
Bachelor of Music, 2nd Year 
Student of William Ludwig

Michigan native Brian Curl is an active orchestral and chamber musician.  Currently a student of William Ludwig, Brian is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in performance with a Certificate in Arts Administration at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.
Brian has attended numerous summer festivals, including the Florida State Summer Music Camp, the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic.  
A recipient of the Blair School of Music Pre-College Scholarship, Brian studied with Cynthia Estill and performed in the Curb Youth Symphony while in high school, where he played in side by side concerts with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  Other performances include those with the Franklin High School Wind Ensemble and the Williamson County Youth Orchestra.

Brian was selected to participate in the 2013 Honor Orchestra of America in Indianapolis, Indiana where he performed in Hilbert Circle Theatre along with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Leo Mohike 
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year 
Student of William Ludwig

Leo Mohlke is a bassoonist and contrabassoonist from Ithaca, New York. He began playing the bassoon at age nine in fourth grade.

In Ithaca, he studied with two consecutive Ithaca College bassoon professors, Ed Gobrecht and Lee Goodhew Romm, as well as attending the Ithaca College bassoon repertoire classes for several years. In 2012, Mr. Mohlke was the first and only high school student invited to join the Cornell University Wind Ensemble. In 2013, he went on tour with the CU Winds in Washington D.C. to play numerous concerts during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Mr. Mohlke attended summer bassoon institutes at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied with internationally esteemed bassoonists, such as Daniel Matsukawa, Christopher Millard, George Sakakeeny, and Eric Stomberg.

In 2013-14, Mr. Mohlke finished his high school career with a senior year at the Interlochen Arts Academy, were he was under the musical care of Dr. Eric Stomberg and innovative music director and saxophonist Dr. Matthew Schlomer.

At Interlochen, Mr. Mohlke received a $4,000 merit scholarship, and he is currently a “Jacobs Scholar” at Indiana University, yielding a full tuition merit scholarship.

In addition to playing bassoon, he enjoys composing, conducting, playing soccer, swimming, tree climbing, and being out in nature.

Lenny Nicotra 
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year  
Student of Kathleen McLean

Born and raised in South Florida, bassoonist Lenny Nicotra is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music while studying under Professor Kathleen McLean.

Lenny has performed with the Florida Youth Orchestra and the Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra, under the direction of conductor James Judd. Lenny was a semifinalist in the 2013 U.S Marine Band Concerto Competition, as well as a second place recipient of the Palm Beach Post Pathfinder Scholarship award for the Music- Instrumental category. When he is not studying bassoon, Lenny enjoys attending Miami Heat basketball games.

 

Christian Purday 
Bachelor of Music Education, 3rd year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Christian Purdy is a third year undergraduate studying with Professor Kathleen McLean, and is pursuing a Bachelors of Music Education degree in General Music, a Bachelors of Music degree in Bassoon Performance, and an entrepreneurship certificate.

This year Christian will serve as the president of the IU Collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education, and Christian will also serve as a collegiate representative of the Indiana Music Educators Association. Christian also has membership with the IU chapter of the National Band Association, and is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity.

Outside of his studies Christian tries to stay active within the Bloomington community by trying new restaurants and experiencing as many local events as possible! Christian also loves his job at Aeropostale, cooking new foods, reading interesting research and supporting the IU Marching Hundred as much as possible!

Virginia Rice 
Bachelor of Music, 3rd year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Virginia Rice, from Northern Virginia, began playing bassoon in 2008. She started studying with Robert Goler in 2009. She performed with the McLean Youth orchestra in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 she began undergraduate studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


Jarin Thiem 
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year 
Student of William Ludwig


Emily Warren  
Bachelor of Music Education, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Originating from Hopkinton, MA, Emily Warren has studied bassoon for seven years under the guidance of Donna Taub. She has been hired multiple times to play with the Brandeis University concert band, and has done several pit orchestra gigs around New England. She has received several music awards, including the Semper Fidelis Award for Music Excellence and the Central Massachusetts District Band Award. Emily held an internship with her town's music program during her senior year of high school. There, she rehearsed the fifth and sixth grade bands and conducted them in their final concerts of the year. She also taught lessons on each concert band instrument to beginning fifth graders. Outside of her musical studies, Emily enjoys costume design and works towards her life goal of becoming Tinkerbell. 


Meridith Wright 
Bachelor of Music, 4th Year 
Student of Kathleen McLean