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Karl Vilcins, Adjunct Professor of Bassoon

Karl Vilcins

Adjunct Professor of Bassoon

B.M., Music Performance, Ohio State UniversityM.M., Orchestral Performance, Manhattan School of Music


A Long Island native, Bassoonist Karl Vilcins graduated from The Ohio State University in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, studying with Christopher Weait. In 2004 he received his Master's Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, with Frank Morelli. Since graduating, he has participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival, and the Attergau Festival in Salzburg, where he worked with members of the Vienna Philharmonic.

From 2005 through 2011 Karl held the position of Principal Bassoon of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. While in Houston, Karl also maintained a highly successful Bassoon studio of 35 students, ranging from beginners to advanced High School students. In the spring of 2010 was appointed a visiting Professor of Bassoon at the University of Houston.

During the 2011-12 orchestra season, he served as Principal Bassoon for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He also led woodwind sectionals for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Karl has been invited to give master classes and recitals at numerous Colleges and Universities across the country, including the University of Nebraska at Omaha, The Ohio State University and the University of Houston.

In January of 2014 Karl joined the faculty of LIU Post as an Adjunct Professor of Bassoon.

Currently, he is enjoying his new career as a New York City freelance musician, playing with many groups including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, American Ballet Theater, American Composers Orchestra and Westchester Philharmonic.