Faculty

--- WMU Faculty --- 


Gwendolynn (Wendy) Rose
has performed nationally and internationally as a guest in major orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver (Canada) Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Utah Chamber Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony. A former member of The National Ballet Orchestra of Canada and principal bassoonist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) 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 (Stratford, Ontario, Canada), the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto, Italy), the Banff Festival of the Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and was selected to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She is a member of RAD (Rose/Austin Duo), with hornist Paul Austin of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and Lake Winds Octet; an exciting new wind octet featuring Canadian musicians from major orchestras in the Great Lakes region.

Rose is Associate Professor of Music (Bassoon) at Western Michigan University where she teaches bassoon, chamber music, and music theory and is a member of the Western Wind Quintet. She is on the faculty at The Interlochen Center for the Arts, and has taught at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, the University of Windsor and National Music Camp (Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada). 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, and Richard Beene. She also holds a diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.



Michael Miller's teachers include Richard Killmer, John de Lancie, and David Abosch. He has served as principal oboe in the Chamber Orchestra of the West, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Central City Colorado Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Johns, and was recently appointed principal oboist of the Battle Creek Symphony.

He has also performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra (in Buffalo, New York), Detroit Symphony Orchestra (in Vail, Colorado), Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Pro Arte Singers in New York City .

His solo engagements with orchestra include performances with the Chamber Orchestra of the West, Mercury Chamber Players, Denver Chamber Orchestra, and AIMS Orchestra (Graz, Austria).

In addition to performing with the Fontana Chamber Music Society on a regular basis, he has performed chamber music throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, and Germany.

He has taught at the Eastman School of Music and University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

He has public school experience in Colorado, and has presented master classes in Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Michigan, Arizona, Indiana, and Massachusetts.


--- Guest Artist-Faculty ---


A prize winner in the 1995 New York International Competition for Solo Oboists and in the 1988 Lucarelli International Solo Oboe Competition,
Rebecca Henderson has performed as Acting Principal Oboist with the National Symphony and Colorado Symphony orchestras, as Guest Principal Oboist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic, and has been a member of the Colorado Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestras. She has performed as concerto soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony of Ecuador, and the Philharmonia Northwest Chamber Orchestra in Seattle. Festival performances include the Aspen, Cabrillo, Bellingham, and Boulder Bach Festivals, and she is currently on the faculty of the International Festival Institute at Round Top in Texas and the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington. She has been featured on numerous film scores, including Imax films such as "Everest" and "Olympic Glory," as well as feature films and network television mini-series. As a soloist and chamber musician she has recorded for the Boston Records, Centaur, RCA Masterworks, and RCWinds labels. Her solo CD, "...is but a dream," has been hailed by critics as "exquisite...a CD that you will play over and over" (Gramophone), and "superb...a wonderfully vibrant, almost luscious sound" (American Record Guide). Ms Henderson holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, where she was also awarded the distinguished "Performer's Certificate." Her teachers include Richard Henderson, James Caldwell, Richard Killmer, John Mack, John de Lancie, and Grover Schiltz. Ms. Henderson has been a member of the Butler School of Music faculty at The University of Texas at Austin since 2001.


Karen Pierson is the Associate Professor of bassoon at The Ohio State University.

In 1994. Karen accepted the position of second bassoon with the Houston Symphony. Throughout her thirteen-year tenure with the HSO, Ms. Pierson made several recordings and toured Japan, Europe and the domestic United States. Ms. Pierson also performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for seven summers. She has also performed with the Chautauqua opera orchestra.

Prior to joining the Houston Symphony, Ms. Pierson taught bassoon at the University of Texas at Austin. She also appeared as soloist at the Interlochen National Music Camp and with university ensembles at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conference.

Karen began her professional career in 1991 as the principal bassoonist with the Omaha Symphony. She has attended and taught the All-State division at Interlochen National Music camp, attended and appeared as soloist with the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and was a Tanglewood Fellow. In 1994, Karen won the second place prize of the Fernand Gillet International Double Reed Competition and has subsequently performed at the conference several times.

Ms. Pierson received a Master's degree in bassoon performance with Norman Herzberg at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's degree in performance with Hugh Cooper at the University of Michigan.


Kenneth Potsic is a bassoon repair specialist, bassoonist, and bassoon reed tool maker currently working in Kalamazoo, Michigan.   Having begun as a manufacturer of bassoon profiling machines in 1994, his business currently focuses almost entirely on bassoon repairs and restorations and serves many players in major orchestras as well as students from across the country.     

 In addition to his work in the field of bassoon repair, Mr. Potsic has performed as a freelancer with many orchestras, both regional and major, including the Omaha Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Chicago Symphony.

 Mr. Potsic received his Bachelor's degree in performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Robert Barris.  He continued his education at the Eastman School of Music, where he received his Master of Music degree studying with John Hunt.   Subsequently, Mr. Potsic studied for two years with David McGill while a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Additionally, he spent three years working in the field of woodwind instrument repair with Holden McAleer in Baltimore.  

 A native of the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois, Mr. Potsic and his wife Jennifer Barlament, currently the executive director of the Kalamazoo Symphony, reside in Galesburg, Michigan, where they are stewarding a 1948 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. 


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