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Janet Underhill

Ms. Underhill teaches at the South Shore Music Center and Boston College as well as serving as Manager for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (GBYSO) and Director of Instrumental Music at St. Mark’s School. She has performed with the Moody Blues, Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett and the Panamanian Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Harvard University Mozart Society Orchestra, GBYSO, and the Little Orchestra of Victoria. She has also performed in Minneapolis, Chicago, Holland, New York City and St. Petersburg, Russia. She is also a member of Alea III. She has developed a cataloguing system for ethnic recordings with composer Martin Bartlett and has organized Gunther Schuller’s personal collection. She is the recipient of the 2001 Kay Logan Award for her development of the chamber music program at GBYSO.

Teaching Philosophy:

I am passionate about music and playing the bassoon. I try to help each student discover what about music and bassoon speaks to him or her. My hope is that this is something that they will take with them for the rest of their lives. What we work on in lessons is something I modify based on the level, learning style and goals of the individual student. Most of my students use bassoon as part of their college application whether they are just planning continuing playing or are majoring in music; I help guide students through this process.

B.M. University of Victoria