Bassoonist Cathryn Gaylord brings with her an eclectic musical experience. Growing up in Vermont, she began her musical studies at age 7 on piano and quickly began learning to play every musical instrument she could get her hands on. When she wasn’t playing several different instruments in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, she divided her time between various jazz, jam, and funk bands, and spent her summers playing in pit orchestras and music directing plays for the summer-stock season at Saint Michael’s Playhouse in Colchester, VT.
Recipient of the 2005 Vermont All-State Jazz Performance and Scholarship award, Cathryn started her collegiate studies as a jazz pianist and finished as a classical bassoonist. Having most recently completed an Advanced Performance Studies certificate at Bard College, she holds degrees from The Hartt School, Mannes College the New School for Music, and Indiana University where she studied with Marc Goldberg and William Ludwig, respectively. In 2012, she received a Fulbright grant to spend a year in Paris where she studied French bassoon style and repertoire with Philippe Hanon of L’Orchestre National de France.
Favorite performances include those with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony, Memphis Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, L’Orchestre-Atelier OstinatO, and Classical Revolution Paris. Additionally, she has appeared as a soloist in Paris with L’Orchestre Hector Berlioz and in NYC with the Chelsea Symphony and Mannes Orchestra.
In addition to a rigorous performance schedule, Cathryn enjoys teaching at the high school and collegiate levels both privately and in public institutions. Most recently she has held the positions of adjunct bassoon faculty at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA and assistant faculty at the Juilliard School Precollege Program in New York City.
A former member of Bard College's The Orchestra Now, Cathryn is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Boston University School of Music in Boston, MA. I addition to her studies, she enjoys a busy schedule of bassooning, city exploration, and cooking up new collaborative projects.