Drew Pattison will join the bassoon faculty at DePaul in the fall of 2014. He studied bassoon at Oberlin Conservatory (BA), DePaul University (MM), and Colburn Conservatory (Performance Certificate). His primary teachers include George Sakakeeny, Bill Buchman, Bob Barris, and Richard Beene. Drew just completed a one year position with the Houston Grand Opera as second bassoon during the 2013-14 season. He has also played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Ballet as a substitute. From 2010-2012, Drew was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra where he studied with Cliff Colnot. During this time, Drew was a member and group leader of the Civic Orchestra’s community engagement program, MusiCorps. In 2010, he worked with Chicago Symphony Orchestra teaching artists on a pilot program for children. Drew was the first bassoonist at DePaul to win the concerto competition, performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in 2011. In 2009, he was selected as finalist for the International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition. In August Drew will be playing Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Drew is proud to be from Tallahassee, Florida, and enjoys learning about health and nutrition in his spare time.
Drew's TYO Experience
"I will never forget my time in TSYO (as it used to be called) with Dr. J. It was incredibly exciting to come in every week and play orchestra music, music by the greatest composers ever! The amazingly lush string sounds were so refreshing to me after years of band. Dr. J was essential to my choice of a career in music - it was such an honor to work with a musician of his calibre every single week. He truly inspired us to play our best and be the best musicians we could be. We will be forever indebted to him. In my first few years of high school at Rickards, the youth orchestra was the place where I could stay in touch with the best musicians in Tallahassee like my good friend Ross Holcombe. I also had a fantastic time playing in various woodwind quintets with Johanna Yarbrough and Ian Copland - learning to get along with others was invaluable at such a young age." -Drew Pattison