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NWS fellow Sam Blair talks about staccato articulation on the bassoon
Samuel Blair began studying the bassoon at the age of 11 in Frisco, TX. He received his Bachelor of Music in 2007 from Southern Methodist University and his Master of Music in 2009 from the Yale School of Music. During this period, he studied with Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal bassoonist Wilfred Roberts and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra principal bassoonist Frank Morelli. Mr. Blair has attended the Spoleto U.S.A., Sarasota, Round Top, and National Repertory Orchestra summer festivals, and has performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. In 2011, he participated in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia. During his second season as a bassoon fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, Mr. Blair performed the Mozart bassoon concerto as a Concerto Competition Winner. He is currently performing Contrabassoon/Utility bassoon with the Washington National Opera Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.