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Garrett McQueen

Garrett McQueen, bassoon

Garrett McQueen first learned the magic and significance of classical music as a 7 th grader, when he joined the school band to learn to play the bassoon. He’s since celebrated a very diverse musical career that has taken him to performances in Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Detroit's Max M. Fischer Music Center, and even New York's Carnegie Hall. In addition to performing as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and most recently, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with groups including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony (Los Angeles), the Artosphere and Gateways Festival Orchestras, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Garret’s work has also taken him into the world of education, teaching general music, as well as
bassoon, oboe, and flute to students at the Bahamas Music Conservatory, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the University of Memphis Community Music School, to name a few. Alongside his work, Garrett has been featured in television and film, and hosts “The Afternoon Concert” on Knoxville’s NPR-affiliate radio station, 91.9 FM WUOT. 

His love of music as a performer, advocate, and listener has been the driving force in the work he does toward diversity in classical music, and he’s worked on many initiatives toward furthering diversity in classical music, including at conferences held by the Sphinx Organization and the Kennedy Center. He’s been hailed as a black talent in public media that you may not know, but should" by Current, and was honored with the distinction of “one of America’s most interesting classical musicians” by conductor and author of “The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro”, Cesare Civetta. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern California. More information on Garrett McQueen at