Wendy Rose

Gwendolynn Rose (Wendy)
Associate Professor, Bassoon
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School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • D.M.A., University of Michigan
  • M.M., University of Michigan
  • B.M,. University of Toronto

Gwendolynn (Wendy) Rose is associate professor of bassoon at Western Michigan University where she teaches bassoon, chamber music, and music theory, and is chair of the woodwind area. She has served on the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the National Music Camp (Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada), and was invited to teach at the InterHarmony Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy in summer 2013. Rose was recently awarded the WMU College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching Award, and has mentored many students who have gone on to prestigious graduate programs and positions in schools, colleges and orchestras. Her students have attended summer festivals in the US, Canada, Latin America and Europe, and one of her students recently won first prize in the Young Artist Competition of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). Previous teaching positions were at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the University of Windsor.

Rose has been widely recognized as an accomplished chamber, solo and orchestral musician. A former member of The National Ballet Orchestra of Canada and principal bassoonist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra from 1991–2002, she appeared frequently as a soloist with the orchestra and was heard on CBC Radio in national broadcasts, including a recording from the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has performed at Stratford Summer Music, the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto, Italy), the Banff Festival of the Arts, and was selected to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She has performed as a guest in many orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Rose is a member of RAD (Rose/Austin Duo), with hornist Paul Austin of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Western Wind Quintet, and has been heard in recital recently throughout the US, Canada, Belgium, Honduras, and China. Rose is a frequent performer at the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival and the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival and holds the Principal Bassoon position in the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Rose performs regularly at conferences of the IDRS, including festivals in Banff, Canada, Arizona, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Rose received degrees in bassoon performance from the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan, where her principal teachers were David Carroll, Hugh Cooper, Christopher Millard, Christopher Weait, and Richard Beene. She also holds a diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rose plays Heckel bassoon #6773.