Declared “highly expressive, with a rich sound” and “technical prowess” by the American Record Guide, bassoonist Ann Shoemaker is highly regarded as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and music educator. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Bassoon and Coordinator of Woodwinds at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her students have found continued success in professional orchestras, military bands, as freelance musicians, and as music educators, academics, administrators, and advocates.
Dr. Shoemaker is the principal bassoonist with Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Waco Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured solo artist with the Baylor Symphonic Band performing Dana Wilson’s The Avatar Concerto for bassoon and chamber winds, with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra performing Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante and The Avatar, with the Waco Symphony performing Hindemith’s Concerto for Winds and Harp. She has also been a featured soloist with festival orchestras in Arcidosso, Italy, in Panama City, Panama, and in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has performed at International Double Reed Society conventions in The Redlands, California (2013), Tokyo, Japan (2015), Columbus, Georgia (2016), and Tampa, FL (2019). She is proud to be a Co-Executive Director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium, which advocates for the careers of young women bassoonists, and strives to contribute to a diverse and supportive community of bassoonists.
Dr. Shoemaker is a member of the Baylor University faculty wind quintet and wind trio and performs chamber music regularly with her Shreveport Symphony colleagues as well. Her performance experience also includes the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the Dallas Chamber Winds, and at many music festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood. She has previously held orchestral positions with the Greensboro, Salisbury, and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestras in North Carolina, and has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, and in 2017 with the Boulder Philharmonic at the Kennedy Center SHIFT Festival.
Dr. Shoemaker completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University and a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Nyfenger Award for Outstanding Woodwind Performance. Dr. Shoemaker is a Fox Products performing artist. Her CD, New Standards: Music for Bassoon and Piano, is available through the MSR Classics label.
Events for Dr. Shoemaker:
3/24 Guest Artist Recital with Dr. Euridce Alvarez at the University of Iowa
4/4 Guest Artist for the Bowling Green State University Double Reed Day
Bassoon Studio Events at Baylor:
1/18 Baylor Concerto Competition including Kody Harrington, bassoon
2/13 Baylor Wind Ensemble at TMEA, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 4:00pm
2/14 Baylor Symphony Orchestra at TMEA, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 6:30pm
2/15 Baylor Bassoon Ensemble performance at TMEA, West Exhibit Hall, 10:30am
All ensemble events are streamed live- watch using the following link: