Department of Woodwinds

Current Students

Associate Instructor:

Conor Bell 

Doctor of Music, 2nd 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.

Andrew Gascon

Doctor of Music, 2nd 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 lesser known early 20th century French repertoire and the development of extended technique. 

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, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Josué J. Mora is a multiple woodwind musician and educator. As a performer, he has performed in various orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, and musical theater productions in multiple woodwind instruments.

Josué holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Studies with a Texas All-Level Teaching Certification from Texas State University where he studied bassoon with Daris Hale, saxophone with Todd Oxford, and clarinet with Stephen Girko.

At Texas State University, Josué was the recipient of multiple awards, including the Presser Foundation Scholar Award (‘13-‘14), the Outstanding Student in Wind Studies (2014), and the Downbeat Magazine 36th Annual Student Music Awards Classical Group College Undergraduate Award (2012) with the Phoenix Saxophone Quartet.

At Indiana University, Josué studies bassoon with William Ludwig, clarinet with Howard Klug, and saxophone with Thomas Walsh. Aside from being involved in various Jacobs School of Music ensembles on bassoon and clarinet, Josué was the tenor saxophonist for the Melos Saxophone Quartet. The quartet won various competitions throughout the 2014-2015 school year. On March 2015 the Melos Quartet competed at the Final Round of the Music Teachers National Association wind chamber competition in Las Vegas, NV.

Josué is currently taking an interruption of study from Indiana University to be the instructor of woodwind pedagogy courses at Texas State University. Josué will resume his graduate studies in Summer 2016.


Heng Ling Wang
Master of Music 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Stanley Howard 
Master of Music, 2nd Year
Student of Kathleen McLean


Undergraduate Students

David Carter 
Bachelor of Music, 2nd Year 
Student of William Ludwig

David Carter is a first year undergraduate bassoon student in the Jacobs School of Music, studying under Professor William Ludwig. 

 Before attending IU, David performed in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra for three seasons. He had also previously performed in the St. Charles County Youth Orchestra and the Alton Youth Symphony, and has participated in the IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra in Peoria, Illinois, and the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. He has studied under Felicia Foland and Bradford Buckley, both of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and also with Anthea Ybarra.

 David plays piano, and in his spare time he enjoys reading, playing soccer, and learning about cinematography.

Brian Curl
Bachelor of Music, 3rd 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.

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.

Leo Mohike 
Bachelor of Music, 2nd 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. 


Christian Purday 
Bachelor of Music Education, 4th 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, 4th 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

Jarin Thiem, a native of San Diego, California, began playing bassoon in 2008 in school bands. While in grade school, he was an avid jazz guitarist and tubist as hobbies. Thiem began attending Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music in 2014 as a Bassoon Performance Major under William Ludwig. His past teachers in California include Susan Schoneman, Leyla Zamora, and Valentin Martchev. In the future he plans to continue his education in Central Europe and perform in as many different venues as possible.

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. 

Ian Schneiderman
Bachelor of Music, 1st Year 
Student of William Ludwig

Before attending IU, Ian performed with the Seattle Youth Symphony, the University of Washington Philharmonia, Seattle Pacific University’s Wind Ensemble along with various All-State and All-Northwest Ensembles. During his summers, Ian has participated in the Marrowstone Music Festival and the Northwest Mahler Music Festival. In Seattle, Ian studied under Francine Peterson.

Kahayla Rapolla
Bachelor of Music Education, 1st 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. 

Madeline Danforth  
Bassoon Minor, 2nd Year
Student of William Ludwig

Haley Packer 
Bachelor of Music Education, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Jonah Andreatta 
Bachelor of Music Education, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Jonah Andreatta, from Lexington, Kentucky, is a freshman studying with Kathleen McLean.  At IU, Andreatta is a Herman B Wells Scholar and a member of the Hutton Honors College, and intends to major in music education and minor in mathematics.  He currently holds membership in the IU collegiate chapters of the National Association for Music Educators and the National Band Association.  He has played bassoon for six years and studied previously with Dr. Matthew Schuler.  A National Merit Scholar, a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, and a National AP Scholar, Andreatta went to Lafayette Senior High School, where he was enrolled in the Pre-Engineering Program and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.  He served as principal bassoonist for the Lafayette Wind Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, along with singing in the Lafayette Chorale.  Andreatta’s school marching band appeared in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade and was twice named state champion, once under his direction as drum major.  He attended the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts for Instrumental Music in 2014 and played in the Kentucky All-State Bands and Orchestras from 2013 to 2015.  In his school, he was president of the Mu Alpha Theta math honors society and the band council, which engaged band members in service projects. He was a member of the National Honor and Tri-M Music Honor societies and the academic honorary Beta Club and served as a church deacon.  Outside of bassoon, Jonah enjoys conducting, mathematics, reading, Parks and Recreation, and watching more marching band than he should. 

Molly Smit 
Bachelor of Music Education, 1st 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 Education, 1st Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Rachel Parker 
Bachelor of Music Performance, 3rd Year
Student of Kathleen McLean

Bassoonist Rachel Parker has played with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles such as the Richmond (IN) Symphony, the New England Repertory Orchestra, and the Harvard Repertory Orchestra.  Her performances with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra included appearances at Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall. Rachel was also a founding member of Phoenix, a Boston-based chamber orchestra that seeks to revitalize the presentation of orchestral music for modern audiences. They were hailed by the Boston Globe for their “high-level musicianship” as an ensemble “eminently worthy of your attention” after an opening season held at a nightclub and a repurposed church.

Past summer studies include the Brevard Music Center and Domaine Forget. Rachel is currently a junior at Indiana University studying with Kathleen McLean; previous teachers include Eric Stomberg at Interlochen Arts Academy and Richard Ranti at New England Conservatory.