Michael Harley

Bassoonist and Teacher

2018 NEWBASSOON Institute with dark in the song

Dark in the Song's 2018 Institute focusing on contemporary bassoon repertoire (particularly chamber music) and techniques will be held June 8-12 in lovely Chestertown, MD, in conjunction with the National Music Festival!  For details and to register, please see our website.

USC School of music 2017-18 audition dates

Woodwind auditions for the USC School of Music are set for the following Saturdays: December 9, 2017; January 20, 2018; February 3, 2018; and February 10, 2018.  Private auditions can also be scheduled.  We have good scholarship funding available for talented bassoonists!  To set up an audition, please see this link.

welcome new usc bassoonists!

The USC bassoon studio just got a lot bigger:  we are thrilled to welcome 6 new freshman, one transfer student, and one new graduate student to the USC bassoon family.  The studio now numbers 14!  More info coming, including studio member profiles, on our FaceBook Page, if I can ever get around to updating the thing.

2017 sc double reed day is in the books!  

We had a ball on Nov. 11, with more than 20 young bassoonists in attendance!  Thanks to Midwest Musical Imports, Musical Innovations, and Alexander Technician Petrea Warneck for joining us.  More information about the day can be found here.

thriller redux!  "Overture for a vampire" Halloween spooktacular oct 31, 2017

The USC double reed studios presented their second annual kid-friendly Halloween show this year.  The USC studios dressed up in costumes related to the pieces (including a fun Thriller/Ghostbusters/Figaro Mashup by studio member Ryan Fox!) and introduced them in short skits.  This could become a holiday tradition!  Thanks to all who joined us.

Evan Hause's "melancholia"

New Jersey-based composer Evan Hause recently undertook an unusual composition project:  he assembled a new piece in the studio from individual parts recorded and emailed to him by performer-friends from all around the country!  The players, myself included, used a tuner and a metronome to ensure compatibility -- and I'm sure Evan employed some studio magic to make sure everything blends and sounds good together!  The new piece, Melancholia, which includes a shredding guitar solo played by the composer, received its "world premiere" on Dec. 2, 2016, in a podcast from Utrecht, in The Netherlands.  To listen and read more about it, please click here.

Savvy chamber competition announces $10,000 prize

Each June, the University of South Carolina hosts the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge (formerly the Savvy Musician in Action Workshop), led by our music entrepreneurship professor David Cutler.  I help run an affiliated competition that evaluates both artistic excellence and innovative event design, as a way to acknowledge and award ensembles that are helping rethink and transform the classical concert experience.  This year the prize is BIG:  $10,000 and a residency at the University of South Carolina, plus the option of management.  Interested ensembles, please read more and apply online here.  The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2017.