Gabriel Beavers is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Frost, he served on the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Music. He is also a member of the Nu-Deco ensemble and serves as 2nd bassoonist in the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Durango, CO. Formerly a fellow with the New World Symphony, he has also served as Principal Bassoon with the Virginia Symphony, Acting Principal Bassoon with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony and as Acting Second Bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony for one season. Beavers has also previously held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music. In addition to his orchestral activities, he has an active schedule of solo and chamber performances. He has appeared as a soloist with the Virginia Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Greater Miami Symphonic Band and Louisiana Sinfonietta and has given recitals throughout the United States and at international wind and double reed festivals in England, Brazil and Japan. Beavers also has recorded two well-reviewed solo albums, “A Quirky Dream” and “Gordon Jacob: Music for Bassoon” both of which are available on Mark Records.
In this series of videos, Symphony bassoonist Gabriel Beavers explains how to make wire adjustments to bassoon reeds, using vowel shape to control intonation, explores the double tongue technique, and explains how to properly disassemble and clean the bassoon.