Hailed as a “soloist, teacher, and force of nature” by The Double Reed (Journal of the International Double Reed Society), Bassoonist Christin Schillinger specializes in the accessibility of the avant-garde, aiming to broaden the audience for both new music and bassoon.
American Record Guide refers to her playing as “full of life and inspiration.” “She plays [bassoon] with total mastery.” (Fanfare) Schillinger works closely with living composers. Her newest solo album, “Bassoon Unbounded” (2018), highlights works from the 21st Century written in her dedication. Her prior solo albums, “Bassoon Transcended” (2013) and “Bassoon Surrounded” (2009), produced for MSR Classics by Swineshead Productions, include world-premiere recordings of new works. Collaborative composers remark on her “natural interpretation” and “perfect musical choices.”
To facilitate the demands of 21st-century compositions, Schillinger researches reed-making consistency. Her 2016 book, Bassoon Reed Making (Indiana University Press) details current and historic trends in this field. Schillinger’s groundbreaking research extends to guest lectures and residencies throughout the United States and Europe. Schillinger is an active performer, lecturer, and writer. She has published numerous articles and appears regularly throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, Schillinger co-hosted the 2012 Annual Conference of the International Double Reed Society and inaugural IDRS Teen Camp, the Bassoon Sessions Orchestral Festival, and is the founder of fEMPOWER social platform for female bassoonists.
Schillinger is currently on faculty at Ithaca College in New York. Previously, she has held positions with Miami University, the University of Nevada, and various orchestras throughout the West. Schillinger received her degrees from Northwestern, Michigan State, and Arizona State Universities under the guidance of Bob Barris, Barrick Stees, Michael Kroth, Albie Micklich, and Jeffrey Lyman.
CANE: Concerto for Bassoon with Reed Quintet (2019) is ground breaking in concept, orchestration, and performance. CANE chronicles bassoon reed making from raw, organic origins to the final sounds of performance. Through composer Jenni Brandon’s avant-garde scoring combined with her signature lyricism, CANE blurs the lines between traditional feminine and masculine tropes. The powerful music […]