Double Reeds, Music History
Studio: Mason Hall 218
Phone: (256) 782-5046
Performer, Educator and Conductor Eryn Oft engages in a versatile musical career. In all of her endeavors she strives to communicate and connect with audiences of all cultures and demographics.
A bassoonist by nature, Ms. Oft gravitates towards the study and education of the double reeds. As a performer, she began her solo bassoon career at the age of 17 performing with the Oregon Symphony. In 2004, she graduated with honors from Indiana University, receiving her masters and undergraduate degrees in bassoon performance with a minor in early music. Since then Ms. Oft has performed with orchestras and chamber music groups throughout Europe, Mexico, the US and Canada. As an artist, she believes in the importance of new music and has commissioned new works including the recent work Bassooze for bassoon and string bass by Robert Aldridge. Her bassoon teachers have included Kim Walker, Stephane Levesque and Mark Eubanks.
As an educator Ms. Oft has taught classes at the collegiate level in music technology, music theory, music history, music therapy, pedagogy, private lessons, chamber ensemble coaching and conducting. Her pedagogical career began at Indiana University where she served as an Assistant Instructor of Bassoon. She then continued to Snow College where she was an Assistant Professor of Music. Currently she teaches at Jacksonville State University as instructor of double reeds and music history.
In all of her ventures, Ms. Oft strives for a broad range of musical perspective based in theoretical and historical based concepts of art and philosophy.