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2012 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium

Conservatory Photo
University of the Pacific Conservatory

January 6-8, 2012
Co-Hosts Nicolasa Kuster and David A. Wells
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
Stockton, CA, USA

A Mini Conference For All Bassoonists - not just women

See the 2012 Competition page for results and competitor bios.

Schedule of Events

Program Booklet (PDF)


Pictures from the 2012 Competition and Symposium

  • The 2012 MQVC semi-finalists (L to R): Kara LaMoure, Alex Zdanis, Carly Gomez, Danielle Osbun,
    Atao Liu, Julia Bair, Kelly Swensson, Ananta Diaz, Sarah Ruiz, and Rachel Koeth
  • Lawrence Rhodes (third from right) leads a pre-Symposium cane gathering expedition
  • Julia Bair speaks to the audience during the Semi-Final round of competition
  • Second Prize winner Sarah Ruiz in the Semi-Final round
  • Finalists with Hosts/Directors (L to R): Alex Zdanis, Kelly Swensson, Ananta Diaz, Sarah Ruiz,
    Rachel Koeth, David A. Wells, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Nicolasa Kuster
  • Kristin Wolfe Jensen and student Mary Calo
  • Judith Farmer and student Elizabeth Pellegrini
  • Masterclass audience
  • George Sakakeeny and student Madeleine Dunn
  • Nadina Mackie Jackson and student Remy Taghavi
  • Stephen Paulson and pianist Ian Scarfe rehearse Paulson's Bassoon Concerto
  • University of Texas Reed Trio (L to R): Nathan Williams, Rebecca Henderson, Kristin Wolfe Jensen
  • Nina Flyer and Benjamin Kamins on stage
  • Barry Trent and Alan Fox show off new Fox bassoons
  • Second Prize winner Sarah Ruiz consults with Ryan Simmons in the exhibit room
  • First Prize winner Ananta Díaz rehearses for the final round of competition
    with Stephen Paulson and the MQVC Vivaldi Orchestra
  • Nathan Koch and Nicolasa Kuster hard at work in MQVC Headquarters
  • Riding across campus in style
  • Enjoying one of the nightly post-concert receptions
  • Co-Director/Co-Host Nicolasa Kuster (center) poses with four semi-finalists

Artists and Clinicians

Symposium Vendors/Exhibitors

Fox ProductsMiller MarketingWeisberg System (info) — Forrests Music
RS WoodwindsRhodes Reeds & CaneCrystal Records


Trevco-Varner MusicMaxwell Bassoon ProductsGail Warnaar Double Reeds