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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Benjamin Kamins
Professor
Lynette S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Bassoon
 
e-mail:kamins@rice.edu
 
Primary Department
   Shepherd School of Music
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Websites
 Festival Institute at Roundtop
 Music Academy of the West
 Rice Faculty
 Sun Valley Summer Symphony
 Faculty Page, Bowdoin International Music Festival
 Festival Institute at Roundtop
 Music Academy of the West
 Rice Faculty
 Festival Institute at Roundtop
 Music Academy of the West
 Rice Faculty
 Festival Institute at Roundtop
 Music Academy of the West
 Rice Faculty
 Festival Institute at Roundtop
 Music Academy of the West
 Rice Faculty
 
Research Areas
 Bassoon Performance
 
Commission
 Commissioned new work "Chiaroscuro" for bassoon, alto flute, double bass and vibraphone by Richard Lavenda,

See Creative Works for details of premiere
 
Profiling machine
 Worked with Kenneth Potsic to develop a new profiling machine for bassoon reeds. Improvements are currently being added.
 
Norwegian Centennary Concert
 
Researched Norwegian wind quintets for inclusion on Centennary Concert, October 22, 2005
 
Future of Music Careers
 Co-presenter of national forum on future of music careers
 
Teaching Areas
 Bassoon lessons and classes, Orchestral Sectionals, Chamber Music Coaching
 
Selected Publications
 Book chapters
 

Multiple "Wagner Moments, A Celebration of Favorite Wagner Experiences."  (2007) : 104-106.

 
 Recordings
 

Richard Lavenda:  Chiaroscuro, Ravello Records

 
 

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Sonatas 1-6:  For Two Oboes, Bassoon & Continuo (2 CDs), Benjamin Kamins, Crystal Records

 
Creative Works
 Performances - Mozart Bassoon Concerto
 Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico (February 2011)
 
 Performances - Dead Elvis for Solo Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble and Vivaldi: La Notte Concerto
 Michael Daugherty: Dead Elvis for Solo Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble and Vivaldi: La Notte Concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 2013, Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga, TN
 
 Performances - Featured Guest Artist
 Featured Guest Artist in the Johnson Woodwind Masters Series, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
 
 Commissioned Works - Concert Piece for bassoon and piano
 World Premiere of new work for bassoon and piano, Kamins and Hardink, Concert Hall, Brigham Young University (7/25/08)
 
 Performances - Concert of 20/21 Club
 Hirsch Rehearsal Room, Shepherd School (11/25)
 
 Performances - Concerts with Los Angeles Philharmonic
 Served as Guest Principal bassoon with LA Phil for two weeks, Kamins, Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA (January 2008)
 
 Performances - House Concert
 Recital in a Home, Kamins, Michael Webster and Robert Moeling, (11/1/08)
 
 Performances - Recitals At the Shepherd School
 faculty recitals, Kamins et al, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (2/21, 4/21, 11/6,)
 
 Other - Sonatas and Meditations
 Recording, Kamins with Jeremy Kurtz and Alison Luedecke, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (5/30/08)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Concert, Houston Masterworks Chorale, Grace Presbyterian Church (4/20/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Participation on Greenbriar Consortium Concert,
 
 Performances - Concert
 with Brian Connelly, Duncan Recital Hall, Rice (9/23/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Faculty Recital, with Michael Webster, Duncan Recital Hall, Rice (2/23/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Concert at Museum of Fine Arts equating Music with art exhibit, multiple, Brown Auditorium, Houston Museum of Fine Arts (2/6/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Recital, with Aralee Dorough, Galveston, TX (2/25/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Faculty Recital, with Leone Buyse, Duncan Recital Hall, Rice (2/2/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Performance of Francaix octet, Kamins with students, Duncan Recital Hall, Rice (12/9/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Stude Concert Hall, Rice (9/11/07)
 
 Performances - Concert
 with Brian Connelly, M2 Gallery, 325 West 19th St, Houston (9/20/07)
 
 Performances - Concerts
 Principal Bassoon in Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Sun Valley, Idaho (August 2007)
 
 Performances - Recital
 Woodlands Salon Series, with Brian Connelly, Home of Scott Cutler, Woodlands, Texas (10/19/07)
 
 Performances - Benjamin Kamins and Friends
 Chamber Music Performances, Kamins et al, Multiple, Multiple (February 1, December 9)
 
 Performances - Burning Bush Tour
 New Music Tour, Kamins, Ronin, Everett, Colson, Multiple, California (2-11 November 2006)
 
 Performances - Collaborative Concert
 Chamber Music Performances, Kamins et al, Christ the King Lutheran Church, (3/27/06)
 
 Performances - Concert
 Concert, Kamins et al, St. Cecilia Friends of Music, St. Stephen' Episcopal Church
 
 Performances - Recitals
 Miscellaneous Concerts, Kamins et al, Rice, Duncan Recital Hall/Stude Concert Hall (Various)
 
 Performances - Artfull Thursday event
 Dance performance, Shepherd School Faculty and Chrysalis Dance Company, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (April 14, 2005)
 
 Performances - Chamber Concerts
 Baroque concerts, Taos Chamber Music Group, See Below, See Below (December 2005)
 
 Performances - Collaborative Performance
 Collaborative Dance and Music Program, Faculty and Students, Stude Concert Hall, Rice (April 5, 2005)
 
 Performances - Concerto Appearance
 Dead Elvis, with the Shreveport Symphony, Concert Hall, Shreveport (March 19, 2005)
 
 Performances - Faculty Recital
 Joint recital, Benjamin Kamins, James Dunham with Faculty and students of the Shepherd School, Duncan Recital Hall, Rice (March 6, 2006)
 
 Performances - Miscellaneous Houston Events
 See Below, Kamins et al, Shepherd School, (various)
 
 Performances - Miscellaneous Summer Festivals
 Summer activities, various
 
 Performances - Radio Broadcasts
 Performances on "The Front Row", Various, KUHF Public Radio, University of Houston (See Below)
 
 Architectural Designs - Record Producer
 Produced recording for upcoming Webster Trio CD, Webster Trio, Stude Concert Hall, Rice (September 13)
 
 Other - Recording Sessions
 sessions for upcoming CD, Kamins and Scott Holshouser, Stude Concert Hall, Rice (May 9,10)
 
 Commissioned Works - Three Pieces for Two Characters
 Commission, Karim Al-Zand to be performed by Benjamin Kamins and James Dunham,
 
 Commissioned Works - Untitled
 Piece for mixed ensemble and Tenor, composed by Anthony Plog, Duncan Recital Hall, Rice (March 6 2006)
 
 Performances - "Barmusic" Concert
 Benjamin Kamins and Jeff Robinson, Bar, Downtown Houston (June 6, 2004)
 
 Performances - Baroque Recital
 Kamins, Janet Rarick, Eric Halen, Thomas Jaber, Paul Ellison, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (November 17, 2004)
 
 Performances - Chamber Music Recital
 Diverse Chamber Program, Multiple, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (February 10, 2004)
 
 Performances - Chamber Performance
 Concert, Santa Fe Chamber Music Fesitval, Lensic Theater, Santa Fe, New Mexico (August 15, 2004)
 
 Performances - Combined Concert
 Shepherd School and University of Texas Wind Faculties, University of Texas School of Music, Austin, Texas (September 24, 2004)
 
 Performances - Concerto Apperance
 Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, Kamins,Chamber Orchestra, Larry Rachleff, Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School (November 7, 2004)
 
 Performances - Da Camera
 Beethoven Septet op. 20, Lucy Stolzman, James Dunham, Bion Tsang, Paul Ellison, Richard Stolzman, William Ver Meulen, Benjamin Kamins, University of Texas Medical Branch Auditorium, Galveston, Texas (October 1, 2004)
 
 Performances - Da Camera of Houston
 Beethoven Septet op. 20, Lucy Stolzman, James Dunham, Bion Tsang, Paul Ellison, Richard Stolzman, William Ver Meulen, Benjamin Kamins, Wortham Theater, Houston, Texas (October 2, 2004)
 
 Performances - Foundation for Modern Music Concert
 Kamins and Nancy Laupheimer (flute), First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas (February 15, 2004)
 
 Performances - Recital
 Diverse Performance, Shepherd School Faculty, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (March 11,2004)
 
 Performances - Recital
 Multiple, Duncan Recital hall, Shepherd School (September 22, 2004)
 
 Performances - Recitals
 Chamber Music, Multiple, Harwood Gallery, Taos, New Mexico (November 27 and 28, 2004)
 
 Other - Recording Session
 Toward a solo CD, Benjamin Kamins and Scott Hoshouser (Piano), Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School (5/24/04)
 
 Performances - Bassoon Class Recital
 performance by Shepherd School Bassoon Class, Nick Akdag, Ellen Connors, Erin Irvine, Catherine Luczkiw, Carin Miller, Michael Muna, Jennifer Reid, Adam Trussell, Benjamin Kamins, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (November 13,2003)
 
 Performances - Concerto Apperances
 Apperance with Houston Symphony, Benjamin Kamins and Houston Symphony, Zikha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Perfoming Arts, Houston, Texas (October 16 and 17, 2003)
 
 Performances - Faculty Chamber Music Recital
 Diverse works for Winds with violin and piano, Leone Buyse, Robert Atherholt, Michael Webster, Benjamin Kamins, William Ver Meulen, Aloysia Friedmann (guest), Jon Kimura Parker, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (November 21,2003)
 
 Performances - Faculty Recital
 Shepherd Society perfromance, varied, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (September 28, 2003)
 
 Performances - Faculty Recital
 Bassoon recital, Benjamin Kamins, Scott Holshouser (guest), Christopher French, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (October 24,2003)
 
 Performances - Faculty and Guest Chamber Music Recital
 Recital for Bassoon and diverst Instruments, Benjamin Kamins, Norman Fischer, Eric Halen (guest), Thomas Jaber, Timothy Pitts, Janet Rarick, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (September 25, 2003)
 
 Performances - Faculty and Guest Recital
 Baroque and Classical Music for Bassoon and diverse Intruments, Benjamin Kamins, Eric Halen (guest), Janet Rarick, Paul Ellison, Thomas Jaber, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (1/29/2003)
 
 Performances - Solo Apperance
 Houston Symphony Concert, Houston Symphony with soloists Benjamin Kamins, Karen Pierson, Eric Arbiter, Jones Hall, Houston, Texas (May 2003)
 
 Performances - Solo performance
 Mozart Symphonia Concertante, Robert Atherholt, Michael Webster, William Ver Meulen with the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra conducted by Larry Rachleff, Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School (November 3, 2003)
 
 Performances - Symphony Performances
 Houston Symphony, Members of the Houston Symphony, various guests, Jones Hall and elsewhere, Houston and other Texas locations (January-June 2003)
 
 Performances - Wind Quintet Performance
 Houston Symphony Wind Quintet Performance, Aralee Dorough, Robeert Atherholt, David Peck, William Ver Meulen, Benjamin Kamins, Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School (March 6, 2003)
 
 Performances - Principal Bassoonist of Houston Symphony
 (1981-present)
 
Presentations
 Conference Committee Member
 

"Network of Music Career Development Officers." Manhattan School, NYC. (1/2005)

 
 Invited Talks
 

"Masterclasses and Recital." Oberlin Consevatory, Oberlin, Ohio. (February 26-28)

 
 

"Performance." International Double Reed Society, University of Texas, Austin. (June, 2005)

 
 

organizer and presenter.  "Presented Master Class." Rice University, Shepherd School. (March 23, 2004)

 
 

organizer and presenter.  "Presented Master Class." Shepherd School, Shepherd School. (March 7, 2004)

 
 Other
 

"Radio Appearances." KUHF, Houston. (March 27, December 8) With Various

 
 

Interviewee.  "Radio Interview." KUHF: Houston Public Radio, Houston, Texas. (November 16,2004) With Janet Rarick

 
 

Lead Sectional for Shepherd School Symphony.  "Orchestral Sectional." Shepherd School, Shepherd School. (2/03)

 
 

Lead Wind Sectionals of the Shepherd School Symphony.  "Orchestral Sectionals." Shepherd School, Shepherd School. (3/03, 4/03, 9/03. 10/03, 11/03)

 
 

"Weekly Public Bassoon Performance Classes." Rice University.

 
 Workshops
 

"Master Classes and Recital." University of Memphis. (November 11-12, 2005)

 
 

Particiapant.  "Panel Discussion." Rice University, Shepherd School. (April 21, 2004) With Michael Webster, Leone Buyse, Thomas LeGrand

 
 

"Zen and the Art of Reed-Making." Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado. (August 2003)

 
Residencies & Summer Festivals
 Residency
 Alfred Loeffler New Music Symposium. Multi-day event featuring world premiere performances at Chico State University (Chico, CA), Chico State University (Chico, CA). (February 8-12)
Multiple performances as Artist in Residence

 Aria International Summer Academy. Comprensive four week course for high school and university level instumentalists., Ball State University: Muncie, Indiana. (July 18-23, 2004)
In residence for one week. While there gave private lessons, led master classes, coached chamber music, and performed on faculty recitals

 Classes and Recital. Series of Classes culminating in a recital, Ball State University. (10/2-3/07)
 Double Reed Day. Residency, James Madison University. (April 1, 2006)
Guest Artist/Faculty

 Maui Classical Music Festival. , Maui, Hawaii.
 Summer Festival
 Bowdoin International Music Faculty. Teaching and Performing, Brunswick, Maine. (June, 2007)
 Bowdoin International Music Festival. Comprehensive six week festival for university level musicians., Bowdoin College: New Brunswick, Maine. (July 25-August 2)
In residence for one week. While there I taught private lessons, gave master classes and coached chamber music.

 Cross-referenced. See listing under Creative Works
 Faculty. Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, Colorado. (July-August 2003)
 Faculty. Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. (June-July 2003)
Fourth year as faculty member

 Faculty, Festival Institute at Round Top. , Round Top, Texas. (2011-2014)
 Faculty, Music Academy of the West. , Santa Barbara, California. (2011-2014)
 Festival Institute at Roundtop. Comprehensive six week course for university level musicians., Roundtop, Texas. (May 30-June 18, 2004)
I was in residence for the first three weeks. While at Roundtop, I taught bassoon lessons, coached chamber music, led orchestral sectionals, and performed on faculty recitals.

 International Festival Institue at Round Top. Faculty. Teaching and Chamber performances, Round Top, Texas. (June, 2007)
 Master Class. Class at Music Academy of the West for their Festival of Friends., Santa Barbara, CA. (June 23, 2004)
This was an evening class independent of my role on the faculty. This was an event devoted to showcasing my students at the Music Academy. We covered solo and chamber repertoire.

 Music Academy of the West. Faculty, Santa Barbara, CA. (July, 2007)
 Music Academy of the West. Comprehensive eight week course for University level musicians., Santa Barbara, California. (June 20-July17, 2004)
I was in residence for the first four weeks. While there, I taught bassoon lessons, gave master classes, coached chamber music, assisted in orchestral preparation and performed on faculty recitals.

 Summer Festivals. Participant: Sun Valley Summer Symphony(Idaho)--Principal Bassoon Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (Washington), Multiple. (August, 2006)
 Summer Festivals. Faculty: International Festival Institute at Round Top (Texas) Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA) , Multiple. (June-July 2006)
Juries
 Master Class
 Class for High School Students. Class for high school students on general techniques and All-State music, Clear Lake High School Clear Lake High School Clear Lake High School Clear Lake High School Clear Lake High School. (November 18, 2004)
Although the class was ostensibly to cover the All-State music, I spent most of the time on basic practice techniques and stressing the importance of fundamentals.

 Classes for Public School. Two Classes for students in the Brenham Independent School District, Brenham High School. (November 20,2006)
 Guest Artist Teacher. Class and performance at Bassoon Day at the Mannes School of Music, New York, New York. (November 14, 2004)
Joined the resident faculty in performance. Gave a class for a group of students and professional from the Northeast. Taught a range of students from the New York consevatories and one from the Curtis Institute.

 Master Class. Class at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas. (4/23/07)
Class for students of Professor Richard Meek.

 Master Class. Class for Kristen Wolfe Jensen's bassoon class at UT., University of Texas, Austin. (January 26, 2004)
Commentary on fundamentals, reeds, and repertoire, solo and orchestral, to a range of students: under-grad, master and doctoral.

 Master Class. Class for Kristen Wolfe Jensen's bassoon class at UT., University of Texas, Austin. (September 24, 2004)
Commentary on fundamentals, reeds, and repertoire, solo and orchestral, to a range of students: under-grad, master and doctoral.

 Master Class. Class for Cheryl Huddleston's Middle and High School Students, Shepherd School of Music. (April 26, 2004)
At Ms Huddleston's invitation, I gave a class for a selection of her students, We covered a variety of subjects ranging from fundamental exercises and practice techniques to solo and orchestral repertoire. In addition, I spent time on career counseling with some of the High School students.

 Master Class, Tanglewood Music Center. Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, Massachusetts
Positions Held
 Guest Associate Principal Bassoon, Boston Symphony, Boston Symphony. (2014 - 2014)