Steve Vacchi is professor of bassoon at the University of Oregon, where he also coordinates the chamber music program. He holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. with high distinction/Performer’s Certificate), The Hartt School (M.M.), and Louisiana State University (D.M.A.), where he held a Board of Regents Fellowship. He also studied at the Yale School of Music. Formerly a faculty member at Wichita State University (KS) and the Brevard Music Center (NC), he has presented masterclasses at conservatories and universities throughout the United States and China and served as a faculty sabbatical replacement at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Vacchi’s recording credits include Argo, BMG Classics, Centaur, NMC (Israel), North Pacific, Sony Classical, Edward Hines Music, Equilibrium, 8 Bells Records, Origin Classical, Quadre Music Group, AFKA Records, PentaTone, Parma Records, Orange Mountain Music, Bridge Records, Mark Records, and Imagine Music. He has performed in 23 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. In the U.S., Vacchi has performed with The Florida Orchestra, Santa Fe ProMusica, the Rhode Island, Tulsa, and Rochester Philharmonics, and the Saint Louis, New World, Baton Rouge, Colorado, Honolulu, Kansas City, Oregon, New Haven, and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. He is a member of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (CA), and Music on the Hill (RI). Vacchi has performed more than 400 recently-composed works, including 119 premieres. A member of the Oregon Wind Quintet, he also performs with Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, which features contemporary improvisation and jazz chamber music. He has performed throughout the west coast as a Baroque bassoonist, including appearances with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and members of Seattle Baroque.