About

Jessi Vandagriff loves teaching and playing the bassoon! She started studying molecular biology at Brigham Young University. After missionary service in Russia, she decided that the bassoon was more her thing. 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 an 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, a site of Kodaly-inspired singing lessons for children at www.singsolfa.com, a resource for LDS families using the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling at www.ldscharlottemason.com, and last but not least, she is the co-creator of mormonmusician.com. This last site has since been subsumed into the content here at www.vandagriff.org. (It was easier than rebranding!)

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. 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.

Special Thanks

Many graphics on this site would not be possible without the efforts of fellow bassoonist and graphic designer, Chelsea Hurst. Jessi also wishes to thank her husband and server admin, Morgan Vandagriff. Additional thanks go to Joseph Sowa, Ben Crowder and Bradley Burgess for their contributions to the sacred music portion of the site. Thank you, friends!

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