About Jessi

Jessi Vandagriff loves teaching and playing the bassoon! She started studying molecular biology at BYU, but then after an LDS mission to Russia decided that the bassoon was more her thing. Upon returning home, she added a music major and graduated in both molecular biology and music in 2009. She then completed a master’s degree in bassoon performance at BYU in 2011.

She was formerly the adjunct professor of bassoon at BYU-Idaho and has also taught for Brigham Young UniversityAlpine School District, the Crescent School of MusicAspen Winds, and Art City Music Academy. She teaches bassoon, reed making, piano, music appreciation, chamber music, and aural skills (sight singing and dictation). She maintains a blog for bassoon teachers at www.teachbassoon.com and a site of Kodaly-inspired singing lessons for children at www.singsolfa.com.

As a performer, Jessi has played with the Utah SymphonyUtah Lyric OperaUtah Baroque EnsembleDeer Valley Music FestivalMartha Graham Dance CompanyTimpanogos Symphony OrchestraUtah Valley SymphonyUtah Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras,  and Aspen Winds (a professional woodwind quintet).

Her bassoon playing can be heard on classical, folk, and rock recordings, as well as on the Vandagriff Music YouTube Channel. Here is a sampling of the CDs she’s recorded:

For information on private and group bassoon, reed making, and piano lessons, please contact her through this site. All lessons are taught in her home studio in Provo, Utah. Lesson times are limited, as Jessi spends most of her time these days with her husband and two small children.

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