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 University, Alpine School District, the Crescent School of Music, Aspen 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 Symphony, Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Baroque Ensemble, Deer Valley Music Festival, Martha Graham Dance Company, Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, Utah Valley Symphony, Utah 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:
- A New Day Begins, Chelsea Brooke Olson, 2012
- Beautiful Savior, Geslison & Groberg, 2011
- Come Ye Children of the Lord, Geslison & Groberg, 2012
- Feral Heart, Jefferson Cundiff, 2014
- Highway 89, Radio production of KBYU-FM
- Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection”, Tantara, 2005
- The Pilgrim’s Journey Home, Tantara, 2010
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!