Now’s the time!
by Donovan Tong
Starting the bassoon at any age
Recently I have been working on a blog that shows some famous bassoonists and when they switched to bassoon. My hope is that students considering the bassoon won’t be scared off because they think it is too late to switch! And in this time of uncertainty, when we wonder what the future holds, it’s important to remember that all kinds of orchestras and ensembles will always need us.
I have put together a version focused on famous Canadian bassoonists for the COCB site. Please visit my website, bossbassoon.com to read more stories about wonderful players of all ages and levels from around the globe.
So…you’re interested in learning more about the bassoon! That’s great!!
But let’s say you have already been playing another instrument for many years. Are you wondering if you should give up your old instrument and “Is it too late for me to make the switch?”
Well, you might be relieved to hear that many of the famous Canadian bassoonists in the world actually started quite late, often either in middle school and high school…when they were somewhere between 12 and 16 years old! Not to mention those who start much much later. Given the large size of the bassoon, it is really common for players to come to it later in life, either as students or as adults.
Here are some of the top bassoonists in Canada and when they switched to bassoon: