Stacey Gossmann

BassoonPrincipal

Stacey Gossmann started playing the bassoon in 8th grade.  She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Bachelor and Master degrees.  Before working on her Master’s degree, she went to Germany and played as a professional bassoonist for many orchestras. While she was working on her Masters, she worked for Xerox and they offered her a full-time job.  After graduation, unfortunately female bassoonists were not being hired. Upon advice from her bassoon professor, Mr. George Goslee, principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra, she accepted a management position at Xerox, climbing the career ladder a bit, and completing an MBA in 1998.  In 1999, after working in Chicago for about 1 1/2 years, she had a brain aneurysm, and was completely incapacitated for two years.  Fort Myers became her home, living with her sister and brother-in-law, where she still lives today.  Her sister spoke with the chairman of the music department at Edison, now FSW, about playing the bassoon, and she started lessons with Kristen Sonneborn, principle bassoonist with the Naples Philharmonic.  Now she can walk and talk, play tennis, and is an active member of Toastmasters. She walks (and cares for) dogs and, of course, plays the bassoon.  She plays with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Florida Southwestern State College orchestra, Charlotte Orchestra, Naples Symphony Orchestra, and plays in many small ensembles and at church services, in addition to teaching students age twelve to 74. She is active with the Music Foundation of Southwest Florida, particularly involved with helping children become interested in music.

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