Wren Saunders, Bassoon Faculty
Bassoonist Wren Saunders received a B.M. from the University of Southern Maine and a M.M. from New England Conservatory of Music in bassoon performance. While at New England Conservatory she studied with Richard Svoboda, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassoonist. Ms. Saunders is currently a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill (MA), and is principal bassoon of the Bangor Symphony and is a former member of the Knoxville Symphony(TN). In 2007 she was a concerto soloist with the Bangor Symphony.
An active freelancer she has played with the region’s top orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BMOP, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, PORT orchestra, Vermont Symphony, and the ProArte Chamber Orchestra of Boston among others. Ms. Saunders can be heard playing principal bassoon with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra performing Violin Concerto No. 6 “Old Brass” on Mark O’Connor’s CD “Americana Symphony” on the OMAC label.
Ms. Saunders has a vibrant and successful bassoon studio where her students are regularly accepted into the Maine All-State and District festivals, the Portland Youth Ensembles as well as New England Conservatory’s Youth Orchestras and the Boston Youth Orchestras in Massachusetts. A number of her students have been accepted into some of the nation’s top music schools such as New England Conservatory, Boston University, Northwestern, The Hartt School of Music, Peabody Conservatory and others. She is currently on the faculty of Gordon College in Wenham, MA and the Portland Conservatory of Music in Portland, ME.