Stephen Duncan

Teaching Artist - Bassoon


Mr. Stephen Duncan is the principal bassoon for the New Orchestra of Washington, a chamber orchestra renowned for its virtuosity and engaging performances. An active teacher and freelancer in the  Washington, D.C.–NOVA region, Mr. Duncan has also performed with a number of ensembles in the area and is always looking for new, creative, ways to share his music. He is thrilled to be joining the Mason Community Arts Academy as their teaching artist for bassoon!

A lover of chamber music, Mr. Duncan has performed with various chamber ensembles, woodwind quintets, and bassoon quartets over his career. He is a founding member of the popular YouTube group, The Burning Reeds Bassoon Quartet, whose videos have received more than 100,000 views.

Mr. Duncan’s most recent teaching appointment was at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Before this position, he held similar roles at Marian University and Butler University, both in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as the bassoon instructor at NOWSummer’s 2019 festival. In addition to university teaching, Mr. Duncan has maintained an active teaching studio since 2007, teaching middle school and high school students privately throughout college, and holding teaching assistant positions at some of the country’s finest summer music festivals, including Interlochen Fine Arts Camp and Brevard Music Center.

Mr. Duncan holds a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Butler University (2012) and a master’s degree in bassoon performance from Indiana University (2014) with minors in music theory. His previous teachers include renowned pedagogues Michael Dicker, William Buchman, Dr. Douglas Spaniol, Kathleen McLean, and William Ludwig.


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