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KRISTIN WOLFE JENSEN

Professor & Bassoon Instructor

“She has simply turned in the finest-played bassoon recital I have ever heard”

- American Record Guide on Kristin Wolfe Jensen’s CD, Shadings

Kristin Wolfe Jensen is a highly renown bassoonist and educator. She is currently Professor of Bassoon at The University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music.


She is also the Founding Director and Co-director of the biennial Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition for young female bassoonists, providing the largest prizes of any bassoon competition in the world.

She also serves on the faculty at the International Festival Institute at Round Top. Formerly, she had served on the faculties at the University of Nevada, University of Las Vegas, and the University of North Texas.

Ms. Jensen has toured Europe with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and served as Acting Principal Bassoonist of the Houston Grand Opera. She has also been a member of The Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, the Las Vegas Symphony, Jupiter Symphony of New York and Continuum. She has performed numerous solo recitals at International Double Reed Society conferences, and was co-host of the 2005 IDRS conference which was held in Austin.

In addition to her CD entitled "Shadings", she has a number of other critically acclaimed solo and chamber music recordings. She has given guest recitals and masterclasses at many major American music schools, in addition to countries around the world across South America and Europe. Many of her former UT students hold prominent orchestra and university faculty positions.

As a student, she won concerto competitions at the Juilliard School of Music, where in 1990 where she received her MM at the Oberlin Conservatory in 1989 as an undergraduate.

Ms. Jensen is a major supporter of bassoon awareness and education for musicians starting off on their bassoon journey. She is the creator and founder of MusicandtheBassoon.org, an instructional website dedicated to helping bassoonists of all ages, through the sharing free instructional materials on how to get started with learning and playing the bassoon.