Professor & Bassoon Instructor
David A. Wells earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Marc Vallon; his dissertation is an expansive history and discography of the bassoon in jazz. He also holds degrees in bassoon performance from Arizona State University and Florida State University, where he studied with Jeffrey Lyman and Jeffrey Keesecker, respectively.
In addition to his students at California State University, Sacramento, Dr. Wells maintains a private studio of bassoon and contrabassoon students. He has served as a clinician for high schools and honor bands in Wisconsin, Michigan, and California, as well as at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil. He is also the co-host of the 2012 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium.
Dr. Wells is currently principal bassoonist with the Townsend Opera Players, has held positions in the Tallahassee and Mobile Symphony Orchestras, and has performed on bassoon and contrabassoon with other orchestras in California, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Dr. Wells also plays jazz on the bassoon, mainly in small combo settings such as the Modesto-based gypsy swing quintet Hot Club Faux Gitane.