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David Granger

David Granger received his Bachelor of Music in 1973 and his Master of Music in 1975 from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Mr. Granger was principal
bassoonist of the Sacramento Symphony from 1981 until 1996. In 1983 he began
teaching at the University of California, Davis, and was coordinator of the music
department’s student chamber music program from 1985 to 2011. Mr. Granger works as a
freelance musician performing in orchestras throughout northern California. He currently
holds positions as principal bassoonist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, Modesto and
Fremont Symphonies, and is a member of the Oakland East Bay and the Marin
Symphonies. He joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000. Mr.
Granger attended Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and received a Performer
Diploma in baroque bassoon in 2004.

Performance Experience

Sacramento Symphony, principal bassoon, 1981-1996 (Chapter 7 bankruptcy, September 1996)

San Francisco Bay Area contracted positions:

Marin Symphony, contrabassoon, 2008-present

Oakland East Bay Symphony, second bassoon, 2004-presnet

Modesto Symphony Orchestra, principal bassoon, 2001-present.

Napa Valley Symphony, principal bassoon, 1998-2009.

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, principal bassoon, 1998-present.

Santa Rosa Symphony, contrabassoon, 1997-2002.

San Jose Symphony, contrabassoon, 1999-2000 (one year appointment).

1993-present San Francisco freelance:

San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Marin Symphony, Monterey County Symphony, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, San Francisco Camerata, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Tafelmusik (Baroque Orchestra, Toronto), 2004, Vallejo Symphony, West Bay Opera.

Goldman Band, principal bassoon, 1978-1988.

1975-1981 New York City freelance:

New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Eastern Opera Theatre, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Greater Palm Beach (Florida) Symphony Orchestra, American Philharmonic Orchestra, Connecticut Philharmonic Orchestra, Asolo Opera (Florida), Verismo Opera Company, Music with Jens Nygaard, Bronx Philharmonic, Suffolk Symphony, New York Opera Repertoire Theatre Company, Pan American Symphony.


Early Music Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Performers Diploma, 2003-04.

National Orchestral Association, New York, 1973-1977.

Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, 1971-1975.

Winner, MSM Orchestra Concerto Competition, performed Weber Concerto in F, 1974.

University of Kansas, School of Fine Arts, 1969-1971. Honor Recital, 1971.

Aspen Music Festival School, 1970.

Conservatory of Kansas City, 1964-1969.

Major Teachers

Michael McCraw, principal bassoon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, 2003-2004.

Stephen Maxym, principal bassoon, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 1978-1981.

Harold Goltzer, assistant principal bassoon, New York Philharmonic, 1974-1975.

Elias Carmen, principal bassoon, New York City Ballet Orchestra, 1971-1974.

Austin Ledwith, professor of bassoon, University of Kansas, 1969-1971.

Michael Spielman, principal bassoon, Kansas City Philharmonic, 1964-1969.

Chamber Music

Passamezzo Moderno, period instrument ensemble, 2005-present.

Worn Chamber Ensemble, 1999-present.

Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, 1984-1997.

University of California, Davis, Contemporary Music Ensemble. 1989-1993.

Manhattan Woodwind Quintet, 1976-1981. Robert M. Gewald Management, Inc.

1980-1981 residence at Long Island University, C. W. Post Center.

1980 tour of Europe

1978 Artists International Competition winner, February 1979, Carnegie Recital Hall debut.

Teaching Experience

University of California, Davis, 1982-2011, bassoon instructor, 1985-chamber music coordinator.

University of California, Berkeley, 2002-present, bassoon instructor.

California State University, Stanislaus, 2008-present, and fall , 2005, sabbatical replacement.

University of the Pacific, 2007-2008, and fall 1998, bassoon instructor, sabbatical replacement.