Praised for her “warmth and composure” (Wichita Eagle), bassoonist Stephanie Corwin enjoys a varied career playing modern, classical, baroque, and renaissance instruments. Based in New York City, Stephanie performs with ensembles at home and throughout the country, including Handel and Haydn Society, American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Society, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, REBEL, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. She is also a core member the chamber ensembles Kleine Kammermusik and Repast.
Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include Stephanie’s debut as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major, RV477 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York. She will also be featured in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland, Ohio. In January Stephanie will be the first baroque bassoonist to perform and serve on the judging committee at the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition and Symposium in Los Angeles.
Along with performing, Stephanie shares her enthusiasm for music through teaching. In addition to teaching privately, Stephanie is currently on the performance faculty at Hunter College. She was the Interim Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Virginia and has taught students at Stony Brook University, Yale University, and Wabash College. Stephanie has presented master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, Yale University, Ithaca College, Grand Valley State University, Furman University, and Davidson College. In the summer of 2019 Stephanie will be teaching bassoon at the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut.
As a soloist, Stephanie was the inaugural winner of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition and a semi-finalist in the Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition. She has performed in solo and chamber music recitals at the annual conference of the International Double Reed Society and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, REBEL, Early Music New York, and Chamber Music at the Barn (Wichita). With the Intrada Winds, Stephanie received prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions and played on chamber music series throughout the country. During the summers she has participated in various festivals, including the Staunton Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Banff Centre, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival.
A graduate of Davidson College, Stephanie earned degrees from Yale University (MM) and Stony Brook University (DMA), where she studied with Frank Morelli. Her interest in early music led her to continue her studies with Michael McCraw at Indiana University, where she received a Performer Diploma in historical bassoons. Stephanie can be heard on recordings with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Stephanie has recently released a CD with Kleine Kammermusik, entitled Fanfare and Filigree, on the Acis Productions label.