Bassoonist Dr. Jacqueline Wilson is Assistant Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State University. As an active soloist, she regularly presents recitals, masterclasses, and clinics including recent engagements at the International Double Reed Society Conference (Columbus, GA, Redlands, CA), the College Music Society Conference (Santa Fe, NM), the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (Oklahoma City, OK), the Illinois Music Educator's Conference (Peoria, IL), Michigan Music Conference (Grand Rapids, MI), the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference (Ames, IA), and Wisconsin Public Radio’s program, Live From the Chazen. As an active chamber musician and founding member of both the Wilson Duo (bassoon and marimba) and the Driftless Winds reed trio, she has been featured on various college campuses and festivals, including the Ashland Chamber Music Society (Ashland, WI) and the Avaloch Chamber Music Institute (Boscowen, NH).

Fun Facts about Jacqui: 

  • I co-host a podcast with Galit called Double Reed Dish
  • I am a documentary fanatic! 
  • All-time favorite show:  RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Most frequently used emoji: Brown flexed bicep! 
  • Who makes you fangirl? Monica Ellis! 

Dr. Wilson is an enthusiastic pedagogue who has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Kirkwood Community College, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Bassoon Workshop. She has published educational articles in several journals, including The Double Reed, The Instrumentalist, and School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Dr. Wilson has performed with multiple ensembles including the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra.

As an avid supporter of new music, Dr. Wilson has premiered and commissioned works by composers Chia-yu Hsu, Rachel Devorah Trapp, Jonathan Middleton, Brian Van Winkle, David Sumner, and Anthony Donofrio. Her dissertation, a performance guide and analysis of the Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings by Sofia Gubaidulina, advocates for the integration of modern repertoire into the standard pedagogical curriculum. Dr. Wilson (Yakama) is especially passionate about American Indian representation in classical music and frequently performs the works of Native composers. She has founded a website, MoltoNativeMusic.com, that celebrates and promotes Native American activity in Classical music.

Dr. Wilson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She is also a graduate of Boston University's College of Fine Arts and Eastern Washington University. Her principal teachers include Benjamin Coelho, Matthew Ruggiero, and Lynne Feller-Marshall.

Learn more at wilsonbassoon.com!