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Rebecca Hagen Watson


National Philharmonic

  • 5 years


  • BM in Bassoon Performance, University of Minnesota
  • New World Symphony Finalist
  • European Mozart Academy participant, given the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, study with internationally recognized artists, and perform for people in war-torn areas, Heads of State, and music audiences in many countries
  • Master’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, Robert Schumann Musikhochschule, Duesseldorf, studying with Gustavo Núñez, Principal Bassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
  • Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern
  • Performed, broadcast, record, and tour with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Suedwest Rundfunk Kaiserslautern, the Saarlaendische Rundfunk Orchester, the Mainzer Stadttheater, and others. Concurrently, she studied with Marc Engelhardt, Professor of Bassoon at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
  • Doctorate, University of Arizona, studying bassoon performance with Dr. William Dietz
  • Studied oboe with Dr. Sara Fraker, Professor of Oboe at the U of AZ, and oboist with the Tucson Symphony

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Department of Music Education
  • Assistant Professor of Double Reeds, Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA
  • Second Bassoon, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Washington, DC
  • Bassoonist and contrabassoonist Britt Festival Arts Orchestra in Oregon
  • Bassoon instructor, Master Works Festival
  • Bassoon Specialist,Hodge Products, Inc.
  • Has performed with the National Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Baltimore Concert Artists, and many other ensembles
  • Formerly taught bassoon at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Washington Adventist University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She attended the European Mozart Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the MMCK Festival in Japan
  • Performs recitals and masterclasses across the country
  • Has been a featured soloist on live and recorded broadcasts of Arizona Public Radio

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