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Paweł Wnuk

Professor of Practice in Bassoon and Instrumental Music

Paweł Wnuk currently serves as Professor of Practice in Bassoon and Instrumental Music at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. He joined the Meadows School faculty in fall 2014 as adjunct lecturer of chamber and instrumental music, and was interim director of chamber music, 2016-17.

Wnuk began his orchestral career as principal bassoon of the Camerata Orchestra, performing alongside Indiana University School of Music faculty. He then spent six seasons as principal of the Columbus Philharmonic prior to his appointment in 2008 as principal bassoon at the Detroit Opera House. While in Detroit, Wnuk was a regular guest with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the DSO Bassoon Quartet and collaborated extensively with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and Chamber Music at the Scarab Club. As a founding member of the Northwood Winds consort, Wnuk has been entertaining audiences since 2002 by bringing to light some of the lesser-known chamber music works, equally in the original and as transcriptions. As a soloist, he has performed in numerous concert venues across the United States, in addition to appearances in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Luxembourg and Canada.

Wnuk began his formal music studies at the age of 7 in his native Poland. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and later attended Miami University and the Indiana University School of Music, where he also served as associate instructor of bassoon.

Wnuk’s extensive forays into the area of bassoon reed-making have led to his designing and building of a high precision electric cane gouger. His current research focuses on establishing clear guidelines describing the complex relationship between the fiber density of cane and its gouge thickness/concentricity, with the goal of achieving the optimal vibrating spectrum of the finished reed.

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