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First Name: Christopher
Last Name: Weait
Bio: Christopher Weait has been a member of the International Double Reed Society since the early seventies. As vice-president (1975-1977) he was host for the fifth annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, the first held outside of the United States. He has since performed and presented at a number of meetings, served as a member of the honorary membership committee and been a juror for the Fernand Gillet Competition. He and his wife, cellist Margaret "Padge" Barstow who often attends and performs at meetings, look forward to them as opportunities for fellowship, professiona lcollegiality, inspiration and renewal. Before becoming professor of bassoon at the Ohio State University School of Music in 1984, he was chosen in 1968 as one of the two co-principal bassoonists of the Toronto Symphony by Seiji Ozawa. He served in this position for seventeen years under music directors Ozawa, Karel Ancerl and Andrew Davis. Prior to joining the Toronto Symphony he was a member of the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia, the United States Military Academy Band at West Point and was band director at Albany (NY) High School. He appeared as soloist with the Toronto Symphony and with the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia in New York and Philadelphia. More recently he has appeared as soloist with Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band and has been acting principal bassoonist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Since 1988 he has been the conductor of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, a college-community orchestra based in Delaware, Ohio. He holds an adjunct professorship at Ohio Wesleyan University for this post. In addition to teaching bassoon at Ohio State, he teaches graduate courses in woodwind literature and pedagogy, advises graduate students and performs in solo and chamber recitals. He is the bassoonist for the double reed consort OBOHIO and for WindWorks, a professional wind ensemble. He has taught at the Eastman School of Music (visiting professor, 1981), the Indiana University School of Muisc (visiting professor, 1985), the Festival at Sandpoint, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Ambler Festival and summer music sessions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Vermont. His teaching background includes four decades as a private teacher, two years as a high school band director, ten years as woodwind coach of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and eight years as chamber music coach and studio teacher at the University of Toronto. He is the author of a number of important teaching resources including: Bassoon Reed Making: a Basic Technique (McGinnis and Marx, 1980), and Bassoon Warmups (Emerson, 1992). His ground-breaking report on vibrato (1977) marked him as an iconoclast on the controversial topic. Other publications include a book about auditioning for orchestras, numerous compositions and the performance editions of Schubert's Wind Octet, D. 72, and Fasch's Concerto for Three Wind Bands. His compact disc Telemann for Bassoon is on the d"Note label. He has chamber solo recordings on the Crystal, Lyrichord, CBC, and Kneptune labels. As founder and director of the Toronto Chamber Winds he supervised notable recordings of the Mozart wind serenades. His recordings were twice nominated for Juno Awards in Canada. He was born in Great Britain in 1939. Late in World War II he was an evacuee in North Wales where he attended school for the first time. In 1947 his family moved to the United States where they lived near New York City. He started on the bassoon with his junior high school band director Harry Richman in 1951. Through the efforts of violinist Marjorie Fulton, he obtained lessons with Bernard Garfield through a scholarship from the Henry Street Settlement and later with Harold P. Goltzer through the New York Philharmonic Scholarships. He attended the State University College of Potsdam (BS, 1961), where he studied with Charles Robert Reinert, and Columbia University Teachers College (MA, 1966). While in the service he studied with William Polisi and in 1979 studied reed-making with Louis Skinner. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1957. On graduation from Potsdam he was awarded the Franklin Bishop Memorial Award, the American Guild of Musical Artists Award for excellence as a performing artist, and recognition for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement by Kappa Delta Pi. He also holds a Centennial Award of Merit and the Distinguished Alumnus Citation from his alma mater. In addition to the International Double Reed Society, he is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the Ohio Music Education Association and the Music Educators National Conference.
Source: Double Reed 21/1 (1998)