A friend just sent me this article regarding Gordon:
Gordon A. Solie (1929 - 2016)
Solie, Gordon A. 87 Feb. 20, 1929 April 20, 2016 Gordon A. Solie, a prominent figure in Portland's Classical music scene, passed away April 20, 2016, at Terwilliger Plaza. Gordon, a bassoonist, arrived in Portland from Southern California in 1955 to join the Oregon Symphony (then Portland Symphony) and Portland Opera Orchestra. He received his BS degree in 1970 from Portland State University (then College) and was subsequently hired as band director and bassoon instructor. He retired from PSU as Professor Emeritus after 30 years, but continued on as contra bassoonist of the Opera Orchestra for several more years. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona and did further doctoral studies at the Latin American Music Institute at the University of Texas. Mr. Solie helped found the Peter Britt Festival of Jacksonville Ore., where he was a guest conductor and played bassoon for 37 summers seasons. He held conducting posts with the National Opera Orchestra of Mexico and Tucson Symphony Orchestra. As a bassoonist he toured with the Robert Shaw Chorus and Orchestra in South America, played four summer seasons with Orquesta Filharmnica de las Amricas (Mexico City), seven summer seasons with Ernest Bloch Festival Orchestra, and 10 summer seasons with Alaska Music Festival Orchestra. He also soloed with seven US orchestras. He was a member of Ensemble Viento and Trio Viento with other members of PSU music faculty. Gordon was an avid traveler. After retirement from PSU he began publishing woodwind music which he had collected during his sabbaticals and summers traveling in Latin America. He published over 300 works under his company name Editions Viento. Gordon at age 19 assumed much of the role of father and provider for his family when his father passed away. He became first bassoonist in the Long Beach (Calif.) Orchestra while still in high school. Gordon, a very social person, shared his wonderful sense of humor with his many friends. Gordon is survived by his niece and her husband Jane and Gerry Bates; their children Rusty, Jody and Jerry; and great-niece, Linda Gail Hibbard. Memorial event: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at PSU Lincoln Hall recital hall Rm 75.
Published in The Oregonian from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2016
James Jeter, D.M.A., NYC Bassoonist
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