The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will host Double Reed Day on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.
The event is open to oboists and bassoonists of all ages and will include a recital by bassoonist David Wells at 4:30 p.m. He will be assisted on the recital by Douglas Bakenhus on bassoon, Leah Forsyth on oboe and Chialing Hsieh on piano. The recital is free and open to the public.
Wells is a multifaceted performer and scholar who teaches bassoon and music history at California State University, Sacramento. On modern bassoon, he freelances with orchestras throughout northern California, frequently collaborates with colleagues in chamber groups and plays with the swing quintet Hot Club Faux Gitane. On baroque bassoon, he performs with Sinfonia Spirituosa, the Sacramento Baroque Soloists, Capella Antiqua and the American Bach Soloists.
As a music scholar, Wells has presented papers at the conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Music Library Association and the International Double Reed Society. He also serves as co-executive director for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium, a biennial event focused on equity, diversity and inclusion within the profession.
Wells holds degrees in bassoon performance and musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and previously studied at Florida State University and Arizona State University.