Ballin’ Bassoon

On Monday Nov. 4, Marissa Olegario performed a bassoon recital to end her time spent at Southern Utah University. 

Olegario teaches as an Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. She travels across the United States teaching master classes on cadenzas and performing as a guest artist. 

SUU was on her list of stops where she taught a few bassoonists, flautists and oboists.

Olegario performed five pieces and also brought a few artists from campus on stage with her. Tracey Bradshaw accompanied Olegario on the piano while Jon Yerby accompanied on the acoustic guitar.

Although Olegario usually teaches bassoon at the University of Arizona, she diverted from her forte to learn new breathing techniques from a flautist and oboist. 

“Every time I teach I learn something new,” said Olegario. “I’ve been playing Bassoon for 20 plus years and still my students teach me more than I could have ever imagined.”

Students from the music department came out to support Olegario in her performance. She caught the attention of one particular bassoon player on SUU’s campus. 

“I love seeing professionals in a field that interests me,” said Chet Rhodes, an SUU sophomore music performance major with an emphasis on bassoon. “It is a great opportunity to see what this field can do for me.”

The music department has four more shows coming up this semester including a Masterworks Wind Symphony Concert and another guest artist Jon Adler on trumpet. For more information about the artists and performances visit


Story by: Cairo Cook

Photos by: Cairo Cook