Professional Bassoonist & Bassoon Instructor
William Short was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012. Prior to that he was Principal Bassoon with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. William has performed as soloist with the Vermont and Delaware Symphonies, as well as the New York Classical Players. He is a founding member of the Gotham Wind Quintet, as well as a regular performer with Camerata Pacifica and the Dolce Suono chamber music series.
As a dedicated teacher, William serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University, as well as the Verbier Festival and Interlochen Arts Camp. He has presented classes at colleges and conservatories around the country and at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, where he serves as an officer.
William has also performed and taught at the Lake Champlain, Lake Tahoe, Mostly Mozart, Stellenbosch in South Africa, Strings, and Twickenham Festivals. He is also an editor and composer, and his works have been published by the Theodore Presser Company and TrevCo-Varner Music.
William is committed to building connections between audiences and performers, and his articles on the subject have been lauded not only by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, but also by noted arts consultant Drew McManus and prolific cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht.
William received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He attended festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Verbier Festival. Additional notable teachers who have been a big part of his life have included Jeanine Attaway, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, and William Lewis.
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