Bassoonist Monica Ellis is a founding member of the Grammy nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds, who in their 24th season, continuous to make ground-breaking art while maintaining a vigorous international touring schedule. Monica’s strong work ethic was instilled early on from her mother and father, the late jazz saxophonist, Clarence Oden. As the administrative director & tour manager for Imani Winds, and Co-Artistic Director for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, she has a fulfilling leadership role within group. A passionate teacher, she is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and been a visiting professor or on faculty at The University of Chicago, The Hartt School (CT), Purchase (NY) & Brooklyn College Conservatories of Music, Mannes School of Music and The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program. Also, a renowned clinician, she has given master classes and solo recital performances across the country.
Building the Best Bassoon Sound My approach to playing with the most beautiful sound possible AKA – Sing Your Song! The bassoon has the capability to sound like a dramatic operatic tenor to a deep bass player of a jazz trio. Let’s demystify the bassoon through a few simple and straightforward steps that are a […]
Open to the public – Purchase Tickets (Ticket included with conference registration.) Yoshi Ishikawa, bassoon; Peter Cooper, oboe; Carpe Diem String Quartet Out of the Depths, Sextet for Oboe, Bassoon and String Quartet (2021) – Korine Fujiwara 1. De Profundis 2. Sway 3. Among the Winds at Play 4. Passacaglia (for J) IDRS 50 for […]