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Garrett McQueen

Garrett McQueen, bassoon

Garrett McQueen has been playing the bassoon in his hometown of Memphis and in venues across the country, including Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Detroit's Max M. Fischer Music Center, and New York's Carnegie Hall since 1999. As well as performing as a member of the South Arkansas 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, Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, West Covina Symphony, the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony (Los Angeles), and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has enjoyed giving multiple solo recitals, performing with the Godiva Woodwind Quintet, USC Scholarship Quintet, and Cooper-Young Winds, giving master classes, acting as a guest instructor for the Bahamas Music Conservatory and Idyllwild Arts Academy, adjudicating West Tennessee Band auditions, and teaching a studio of flutists/oboists/bassoonists consisting of middle school, high school, and undergraduate college students. He has performed in multiple Broadway Musicals in Memphis under the baton of David Spencer and keeps himself busy in other free-lance activities, including being featured in Indie Rock tracks produced by Goner Records (2009) and True Panther Sounds (2010). McQueen can be heard as the principal bassoonist on the Memphis Repertory Orchestra's inaugural CD of works by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, and has appeared on Fox's hit television show, "Glee".

His affinity for 20th and 21st-century music drives his passion for playing the bassoon, and in a performance of Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble,” Ewazen noted his “wonderful playing” and characterized McQueen as someone who “gives a great performance of [his] piece”. He’s also been noted as one of America’s “most interesting classical musicians” by conductor and author of “The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro”, Cesare Civetta.

Garrett McQueen has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis, where he studied with Lecolion Washington, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Judith Farmer. In addition to being the Second Bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony, Garrett is the host and producer of "The Afternoon Concert" on 91.9 FM WUOT. For more on Garrett McQueen, visit