Department of Woodwinds

Current Students

Associate Instructor:

Conor Bell 

Doctor of Music, 3rd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Conor began playing the bassoon in the 6th grade and hasn't come up for air since.  He grew up in Irving, Texas and attended West Texas A&M in Canyon Texas for his bachelor's degree.  Since the fall of 2013, he has attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he earned his master's degree in bassoon performance, and is now pursuing a doctorate in bassoon performance. In 2009, he won the Richard Giangiulio concerto competition; in 2012, he won the MTNA Young Artist Competition for Texas; and in 2015, he was runner-up in the Jacobs School of Music woodwind concerto competition.  His principal teachers have been William Ludwig, Kathleen McLean, and Tina Carpenter.  He has performed in masterclasses for Christopher Weait, John Clouser, Martin Kuuskman, Christopher Millard, and Saxton Rose.  In his free time he enjoys reading good books, hiking, and attempting to make the perfect bassoon reed.

Graduate Students

 

Sara Fruehe 
Doctor of Music, 3rd Year
Student of William Ludwig


Originally from the Chicagoland area, Sara Fruehe, is a bassoonist and educator currently based in Bloomington, Indiana. Sara has performed with the Battle Creek (MI), Kingsville (TX), Terre Haute (IN), Bloomington Camerata (IN), and Northwest (IL) Symphony Orchestras. As a member of the Wheaton (IL) Municipal Band, she was a featured soloist in 2010, performing the Carl Maria von Weber Concerto in F major, Op. 75.

With a passion for teaching, Sara continues to teach privately at the middle and high school levels throughout Indiana, having taught previously in Texas, and Illinois. In working with the IU Bassoon Day, during the past years, Sara has focused on cultivating an engaging and dynamic experience for the middle school participants. Most recently, in the fall 2016, Sara was a sabbatical replacement teaching Applied Bassoon and Chamber Winds at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA).

A champion of chamber music, Sara enjoys an immensely active career performing in woodwind quintets, and collaborating with other varied chamber ensembles. As a member of the Volante Winds, a DM wind quintet based at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition (Columbia, MO). With the Ventoso Winds of San Antonio, TX, Sara has performed for educational and community outreach in San Antonio, Kerrville, and Odessa. An advocate of new music, Sara is committed to commissioning, premiering, and performing new works. In March 2017, Sara premiered Incantare for solo bassoon by Kevin Wilt of Florida Atlantic University.

Sara earned a Master of Music from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Sara is finishing coursework towards her Doctorate of Music at Indiana University with minors in Music History and Literature, and Arts Administration. Sara’s primary teachers include William Ludwig, Kathleen McLean, Arthur Weisberg, William Buchman, and Robert Barris.

Outside of music, Sara enjoys coffee, baking, reading, and photography.

www.sarafruehe.com

Andrew Gascon

Doctor of Music, 3rd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Drew Gascon is from San Jose, California, and has been playing bassoon since 2004. He holds a bachelors degree with a double major in Music and Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and a masters in Bassoon Performance from the University of Central Missouri. 

Drew has performed with the UC Berkeley Symphony and Summer Symphony, the Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, the UCM Faculty Quintet, the Lee's Summit Symphony, and as an offstage member in the London Philharmonia. He has been featured as a soloist during his bachelors and masters as a winner of each institution's respective concerto competition, performing the Weber Bassoon Concerto and the Elgar Romance. Drew's past teachers include David Granger, Marita Abner, Mathieu Harel, and Per Hannevold. He has also performed in master classes with Benjamin Kamins, William Ludwig, Nancy Goeres, and Michael Sweeney. In the past two summers, Drew has attended PRISMA in 2014 and the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2015.

Drew is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University, studying with William Ludwig. His research interests include studying early music written for the dulcian and baroque bassoon, as well as the development of extended technique on modern bassoon. 


Benjamin Bradshaw  
Doctor of Music, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Benjamin Bradshaw started playing the bassoon in the sixth grade. Since then he has performed in numerous bands, orchestras, and chamber groups. He appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah twice as a winner of the Halverson Young Artists Competition. He also participated in the Canyon Arts Chamber Music Festival in Cedar City, Utah, where he had the opportunity to work with Leonard Hindell. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics. He then completed his Masters of Music in Bassoon Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He now is pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Bassoon at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studies with William Ludwig. 



 


Braxton Porter
Master of Music 1st Year
Student of William Ludwig

Nick Nickerson
Master of Music Education 2nd Year

 

Undergraduate Students

Samuel Rhoton 
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year 
Student of William Ludwig

Originally from Salem Oregon, Samuel is a first year bassoon performance student studying with William Ludwig as a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar. Samuel has performed with the Corvallis Symphony, Oregon ProArte Chamber Orchestra, Tualitan Valley Symphony, Willamette Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

Since Sam has began he has been fortunate to have many wonderful opportunities to play his Bassoon. He has sat top chair in many prestigious groups such as: Salem All-City Honor Band, OSAA All-State Honor Orchestra, All-Northwest Honor Band and Symphony Orchestra . He has also been fortunate enough to have been able to be a member of Salem Youth Symphony Organizations, Philharmonia and Symphony, and more recently a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Portland Youth Philharmonic. As a founding member of many chamber music groups notably his Bassoon Quartet “The Rubber Reeds,” and “Hamilton” Woodwind Quartet, has been given the opportunity to perform in a variety of venues west of the Rocky Mountains. Over the past years Sam has been able to participate in the Rocky Ridge Music Center Young Artist Seminar in Estes Park Colorado, The Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham Washington, and the Brevard Music Center in Brevard North Carolina. Sam has been selected as the winner of the Oregon Symphony in Salem's Wiscarson Concerto competition, and Oregon ProArte Chamber Orchestra Emerging artist competition in 2015. In the summer of 2017 Samuel served as a member of the National Youth Orchestra conducted by Maestra Marin Alsop. The tour began at Carnegie Hall then traveled to various locations in Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia.

Prior to Indiana University Samuel attended West Salem High School and studied with Ann Kosanovic-Brown. Sam has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with John Klouser, and Andrew Brady. As well as taking lessons from Evan Kuhlmann, Carin Miller-Packwood, and Ben Kamins.

In Samuel’s free time he likes to hike, camp and bake french Macaron


Gabrielle Moss
  
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year 
Student of William Ludwig

Originating from Union, MO, Gabrielle Moss is a first year undergraduate student pursuing bassoon performance under the guidance of William Ludwig.

While in high school, Gabrielle performed with the Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra of Webster University, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Compton Heights Concert Band of St. Louis. In addition to that, she taught lessons to middle school students, performed twice with the Missouri All-State Band, and was chosen to play co-principal bassoon in the 2016 NAfME All-National Orchestra. Gabrielle also enjoyed playing in the school’s musical pit, and marched mellophone in her school’s marching band. During high school she primarily studied with Robert Carter, a former substitute for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys reading, hiking, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee.

Jake Taniguchi
Bachelor of Music, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii Jake Taniguchi started playing the bassoon in the sixth grade. He is a former member of the Hawaii Youth Symphony 1 and the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and is a current member of the Honolulu Wind Ensemble and the Hawaii Symphonic Band. 

Leo Mohike 
Bachelor of Music, 4th 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, 2nd Year  
Student of Kathleen McLean

Hailing from Boca Raton, Florida; Leonard Nicotra has established himself as an up-and-coming young bassoonist. His South Florida roots have led to his involvement in a number of projects in the Palm Beach and Miami areas. He has performed with the Florida Youth Orchestra and the Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra, while studying the bassoon with Coral Gables-based bassoonist T. Geoffrey Hale. While performing with the Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra, Leonard worked with conductor James Judd and performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center, in downtown Miami.

 Nicotra is currently in his second year of pursuing a Bachelors in Music Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. During his time at the Jacobs School of Music, he has performed with the University Orchestra as Second Bassoon, and is currently the Principal Bassoonist of the Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet productions such as the Nutcracker and the Barber of Seville. In the fall of 2014, Nicotra performed and premiered a composition for solo bassoon entitled Temper Tantrum by fellow Jacobs student Alex Berko. Leonard currently studies bassoon with Professor Kathleen McLean. In addition to pursuing a Bachelors in Music Performance, Nicotra is also pursuing a Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship. 

 

T.J. Vculek 
Bachelor of Music, 1st year
Student of William Ludwig

T.J. Vculek, is a freshman, from Franklin, Indiana, studying with professor William Ludwig. At IU, he is planning to major in Music Performance and minor in chemistry. T.J. has previously studied with Mark Ortwein, assistant principal bassoonist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has been principal bassoon of the Indianapolis Symphony Youth Orchestra (5 years), Side by Side with the Indianapolis Orchestra (2 years), Indiana All-State Honor Band (3 years), playing both bassoon and contrabassoon.


Aside from his classical origins, T.J. is also a bluegrass enthusiast and plays the banjo, guitar, and mandolin. Fun fact: T.J. won the Indiana State Fair Talent Competition playing the famous “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” on his banjo when he was eight years old.

Andrew Playford 
Music Minor, 1st Year
Student of William Ludwig

Andrew is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a freshman ballet major apart of the Ludwig Bassoon Studio. He has played bassoon for seven years and played in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony for four years. Additionally, he has played in the Michigan All-State Orchestra. Prior to the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, he played in the St. Cecilia Concert Band and Philharmonic. He has studied with Ruth Wilson for the seven years he has played. When not in the practice room or ballet studio, he enjoys finding new kinds of music and eating.


Allison Dettloff 
Bachelor of Music, 2nd Year 
Student of Kathleen McLean

 


Emily Warren  
Bachelor of Music Education, 3rd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Ian Schneiderman
Bachelor of Music, 3rd Year 
Student of William Ludwig

Ian is currently a junior in William Ludwig’s studio. Before attending IU, Ian studied with Francine Peterson in Seattle and played for the Seattle Youth Symphony, Seattle Pacific University Orchestra & Wind Ensemble and the University of Washington Philharmonia. Ian has spent his summer’s performing and studying at the Chautauqua Institute, Brevard Music Center and the Marrowstone and Northwest Mahler music festivals. Additionally, he has played in master classes with Jeff Robinson, Sue Barber, Mike Muszynski Kathleen Mclean, Chris Millard, Sue Barber and Richard Hoenich.

Kahayla Rapolla
Bachelor of Music Education, 3rd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Kahayla Rapolla is a Southern California native who is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance. As a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs scholarship, she is studying under William Ludwig at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Prior to attending IU, Kahayla performed in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra for four years under the artistic direction of Carl St. Clair. In addition, she also participated in the SCSBOA All Southern Honor Band & Orchestra, CODA Honor Orchestra, and CBDA Honor Band. Past summer festivals include Idyllwild Arts Summer Music Festival, where she studied with Rebecca Rivera, Amy Gillick, and Jeffrey Lyman and Interlochen Arts Summer Camp, where she studied with Henry Skolnick, Doug Spaniol, and Jeffrey Keesecker.

When not in the practice room or reed room, Kahayla can be found reading, watching movies, or hanging out with friends and family. 

Andy Flurer  
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year
Student of William Ludwig

Madeline Danforth  
Bassoon Minor, 4th Year
Student of William Ludwig

Luke Horton  
Bachelor of Music Education, 1st Year
Student of William Ludwig

Jack Pellegrini  
Music Composition Major, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Chase Fox  
Music Composition Major, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Noah Hall  
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Grace Lerew  
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Benjamin Manganon 
Bachelor of Music/Music Education, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Jonah Andreatta 
Bachelor of Music Education, 3rd Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Jonah Andreatta, of Lexington, Kentucky, is a junior at Indiana University studying music education, bassoon performance, and Spanish. At IU, he studies bassoon with Kathleen McLean and has played in multiple ensembles, including the Marching Hundred, Philharmonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and various chamber groups. Additionally, Jonah is a Herman B Wells Scholar, a member of the Hutton Honors College, and serves as president of cNAfME-IU and collegiate representative to the IMEA Board of Directors. Currently, he is as an RA at the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts and a summer staff member for the Lafayette High School Band.

Molly Smit 
Bachelor of Music, 3rd Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

As a first year undergraduate student of Kathleen McLean, Molly Smit is pursuing a Bachelors of Music Education degree and a Bachelors of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the Jacobs School of Music. 

Born and raised in Southern California, Molly has participated in the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the CASMEC All-State Honor Band, and the CBDA All-Southern Wind Ensemble, playing both bassoon and contrabassoon. Additionally, Molly has performed with local universities including Concordia University of Irvine and Vanguard University of Southern California. Alongside her studies on bassoon, Molly is a woodwind doubler who enjoys playing flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone in chamber ensembles and pit orchestras. 

Aside from musical studies, Molly enjoys running, playing sports, cooking, cuddling kittens, and hanging out with friends. 

Noah Dereszynski
Bachelor of Music, 3rd Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Noah spent his youth in Bentonville, Arkansas and started playing the bassoon as a sophomore in high school. At IU, he has had the honor to play with several performing ensembles and develop his bassoon technique under the instruction of Kathleen McLean. His interests outside of bassoon are funk and jazz bass, computer programming, electronic music composition, and relaxing outside.

Jacob Anderman
Bachelor of Music Performance, 1st Year
 Student of Kathleen McLean

Jacob Anderman is currently studying bassoon performance and music education as a freshman at Indiana University with Kathleen McLean. Hailing from Worthington, Ohio, Jacob has performed in OMEA All State Band and Orchestra in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and has served multiple years in honors ensembles such as the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band and the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra throughout high school. In addition to bassoon, Jacob has had musical experience with alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, English horn, and singing as a baritone.

Jacob graduated from Thomas Worthington High School in May of 2017. He was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award in his senior year for his commitment to music as a lifelong passion. Along with fellow IU student and Thomas Worthington graduate Lisa Cary, Jacob has co-founded the Tri-M chapter of Thomas Worthington High School. During the summers, Jacob studies with Betsy Sturdevant, principal bassoonist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and faculty at Capital University. Outside of music, Jacob’s interests include Spanish, comedy, and spending time with family and friends.