Instructor in Music
Carl Rath is the new Professor of Bassoon at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music following his tenure at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, where he has been honored as Emeritus Professor of Music. Rath’s performing experience has included Principal Bassoon in the OKC Philharmonic, Fox Valley (WI), Oshkosh (WI), and Classical Music Festival (Austria) orchestras, plus chamber music performance in the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, Brightmusic (OKC), and numerous collaborative recitals with colleagues. He is a frequent performer at International Double Reed Society conferences and hosted the 39th Conference in 2010 at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught master classes and/or performed concertos or recitals in Hungary, Austria, England, Argentina, China, Taiwan, and throughout the U.S. He is on the summer music faculties for the Red Lodge (MT) Music Festival and the Bocal Music Camps in Dallas. His performances have been heard on national and international radio programs, as well as on five compact discs. He was a Quarter-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall with the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet. Rath is an advocate for bassoon ensemble performance, forming both the Sooner Bassooners and International Bassoon Quartet to provide an unique experience for students, professionals, and audiences. The concerts primarily feature his own arrangements which range from orchestra compositions to television/movie themes to popular music, including musicals, jazz, and rock-and-roll!
A ‘child of the 60s,’ Rath’s love of The Beatles and popular music inspired him to develop courses in Rock-and-Roll History, as well as The Beatles. He is the conductor for 1964 the Tribute, described by Rolling Stone as ‘the best Beatles tribute ever,’ and is an original member and drummer of a popular classic rock band, MidLife Crysis, since 1990.
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