Nicolasa Kuster Clinic
Nicolasa Kuster is the bassoon professor at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, principal bassoon of the Stockton Symphony, and a member of the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet. She discovered a passion for teaching at the college level when she left a full-time orchestra job to take a position as principal bassoon of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a job that was linked to Wichita State University School of Music and the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet (2000–2008). She is a founding director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, an international competition for young women bassoonists. Plans are under way for the second MQVC symposium in January 2012.
Before entering academia, Kuster held positions in the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and spent five seasons performing with the Spoleto Festival orchestra in Italy. She has been a guest artist and teacher at numerous festivals and workshops. Her appearances include a one-month solo tour of Kazakhstan, televised performances in Italy and Panama, and numerous performances in the United States.
Kuster is committed to empowering young musicians to find satisfying lives in music, and her former students can be found performing in a number of professional ensembles including the St. Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome; many are active teaching at both the high school and college level around the country, or at work building successful careers in other music-related venues.