Amy Gillick

Amy Gillick

Assistant Professor - Bassoon

Amy Gillick serves on the faculty of the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, where she leads the bassoon studio. She has taught additionally at Concordia University, Azusa Pacific University, Moorpark College, and UCLA. She earned her D.M.A. and M.M. from UCLA and her B.M. from California State University, Long Beach. She has performed as principal bassoonist in the Bakersfield Symphony (California) and appeared with the Roanoke Symphony and Santa Monica Symphony. Dr. Gillick is committed to commissioning new works for bassoon, the art of reed making, innovations in music pedagogy, and exploring concepts lying on the intersection of arts and technology.

Contact Me

(540) 231-0329
315 Henderson Hall
195 Alumni Mall (0141)
Blacksburg, VA  24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Bassoon
  • Teaching Areas: Bassoon, Bassoon Methods, Music Theory

Education & Training

  • D.M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

What do you most enjoy about your work?

One of my greatest joys as a teacher is watching my students learn to make their own reeds, play their first concert or recital on them, and then pass along that art and craft to other students.

What are the most important qualities for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

Three of the most important qualities for young musicians to cultivate are perseverance, self-discipline, and a hunger for beauty. If one can develop these qualities as an artist, there is nothing that cannot be achieved in any of life's pursuits. Particularly with the bassoon, if a student can master the bassoon with its 13 keys dedicated to the thumbs alone, there is nothing they can't conquer!

Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Double Reed Society (IDRS)
  • MENC
  • CBDA

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