Michael Harley

Bassoonist and Teacher

welcome new 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.

Announcing 2017 sc double reed day!  Saturday, November 11.

Save the date!  Details coming soon.  This event occurs every other year, and typically attracts 40-45 bassoonists and oboists from throughout SC and neighboring states.  Check-in begins at 9pm; done by 5pm.  More information coming soon here.

thriller repeat!  Halloween spooktacular oct 31

The USC double reed studios will present their second annual kid-friendly Halloween concert this fall.  Come for some truly fun music, costumes, and even some candy! 4:30pm, USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St., FREE.

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.