Prior to his relocation to Jacksonville, Florida, American bassoonist Conrad Cornelison spent two seasons as a member of the Houston Grand Opera orchestra, and five years giving private bassoon instruction to talented young bassoonists across the Houston, Texas area. His students have participated in the Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series, the Interlochen Advanced Bassoon Institute, and the Texas All-State and All-Region Bands and Orchestras. His students have held positions with Houston's Orchestra On Call (formerly Texas Medical Center Orchestra) and the Virtuosi of Houston orchestra. Many of his students have gone on to study bassoon at the collegiate level. For the 2015 and 2016 sessions, Mr. Cornelison was the premier bassoon instructor to the most advanced students for the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp in Katy, TX.
In addition to his positions with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera, Mr. Cornelison has held the positions of Principal Bassoon with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bassoon with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and a Young Artist Fellowship with Da Camera of Houston. He has also frequently appeared as a guest musician with other ensembles, such as the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He has performed worldwide through the USA, Germany, Japan, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and has spent summers with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Cornelison and his wife co-founded LC Double Reeds, a small musical instrument supply company whose mission it is to design and provide the highest quality and most innovative reed-making tools and supplies at an affordable price. He believes that incorporating an entrepreneurial spirit into one's music making can be a gateway to success for performers and music educators alike.
Mr. Cornelison holds degrees from The Juilliard School (BM), where he studied with Patricia Rogers (retired Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera), and from Rice University (MM), where he studied with Benjamin Kamins (retired Principal Bassoonist of the Houston Symphony.) He is also a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied with Dr. Eric Stomberg.
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