Hailed as a “soloist, teacher, and force of nature” by The Double Reed (Journal of the International Double Reed Society), bassoonist Christin Schillinger specializes in the accessibility of the avant-garde, aiming to broaden the audience for both new music and bassoon. American Record Guide refers to her playing as “full of life and inspiration.” “She plays [bassoon] with total mastery.” (Fanfare)
Schillinger works closely with living composers. Her newest solo album, to be released in 2017, highlights works from the 21st Century written in her dedication. Her prior solo albums, Bassoon Transcended (2013) and Bassoon Surrounded (2009), produced for MSR Classics by Swineshead Productions, include world-premiere recordings of new works. Collaborative composers remark on her “natural interpretation” and “perfect musical choices.”
To facilitate the demands of 21st-century compositions, Schillinger researches reed-making consistency. Her 2016 book, Bassoon Reed Making (Indiana University Press) details current and historic trends in this field. Schillinger’s groundbreaking research extends to guest lectures and residencies throughout the United States and Europe.
Schillinger is an active participate in the International Double Reed Scoiety where she has published numerous articles, and appears at Conferences regularly as a performer and lecturer. In addition Schillinger co-hosted the 2012 Annual Conference and inaugural IDRS Teen Camp.
Schillinger is currently on faculty at Ithaca College in New York. Previously, she has held positions with Miami University, the University of Nevada, and various orchestras throughout the west. Schillinger received her degrees from Northwestern, Michigan State, and Arizona State Universities under the guidance of Bob Barris, Barrick Stees, Michael Kroth, Albie Micklich, and Jeffrey Lyman.
Bassoon Transcended Contemporary Music for Bassoon by Women MSR Classics / Swineshead Productions
Includes works by Adrienne Albert, Elizabeth Alexander, Nancy Galbraith, Susan Kander, and Cindy McTee.
Bassoon Surrounded 20th Century Music for Bassoon and Percussion MSR Classics / Swineshead Productions
Includes works by Paul Chihara, Michael Isaacson, David Maslanka, Alexandre Ouzounoff, Verne Reynolds, Gerhard Samuel, and Dean Witten