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“There is nothing better than a live music performance. Whether I am in the audience or performing for one, I love the unpredictability, beauty and rush of energy that live music creates in the moment.”

About Emily Smith

Ms. Smith joined the teaching faculty at VanderCook in the fall of 2008. She holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in bassoon performance from Indiana University where she studied with Kim Walker. Since graduating in 2004 Emily has performed with several orchestras including the Des Moines Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, South Bend Symphony and DuPage Opera Orchestra. Ms. Smith is currently a member of the Lafayette Symphony, LaPorte Symphony and South Shore Orchestra. She manages the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra and is Personnel Manager for the LaPorte Symphony. Ms. Smith maintains an active teaching studio in Lafayette and throughout Northwest Indiana and is also on faculty at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer. Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, Emily was a member of several bands, chamber groups, jazz bands, and the Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Orchestra. She also spent numerous summers working as a counselor, teacher and chamber music coach at Donner Mine Music Camp near Lake Tahoe.

Life at VanderCook

As a bassoon student at VanderCook, you will be welcomed into an ever-growing studio of eager and talented musicians. In weekly bassoon lessons we will work to develop sound, technique, repertoire and style. We will pay particular attention to the fundamental techniques of breathing and phrasing in order to help you improve your tone quality and musicality. You will become a performer of etudes, solo literature and orchestral excerpts. I strive to ensure that you will understand bassoon fundamentals and be able to apply information gained in private lessons in several other teaching venues. Bassoonists at VanderCook are welcomed into ensembles including orchestra, band, and a variety of chamber ensembles. VanderCook offers a rigorous curriculum, a unique and supportive environment, and the opportunity to develop close relationships with your classmates and teachers that will put you on your path towards a successful career in music education.

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study bassoon here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.


Contact Emily Smith:
(312) 225-6288


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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