Bassoon Reed Shop

Bassoon Reedmaker Bio

Dr. Kari Shea is a freelance bassoonist and educator in the Maryland, Metro D.C. area.  Currently performing as bassoonist and contra bassoonist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and as a member of the Gallery Winds Woodwind Quintet, she teaches at Anne Arundel Community College.

Dr. Shea has performed throughout the United States and Europe with such ensembles as the Forest Philharmonic in London, England, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.  She has also performed on chamber concert series in France, Sweden and Nova Scotia and has served as a faculty member of Millikin University and Frederick Community College. Dr. Shea holds degrees from the University of Illinois (D.M.A.), the State University of New York at Stony Brook (M.M.), and the University of Southern Mississippi (B.M.ed).

Dr. Shea has been making bassoon reeds for over 30 years.  Studying reed making technique with James Kopp, author of The Bassoon, she worked as his assistant for over 15 years. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Shea here.

Bassoon Reeds

Reviews: I exclusively play with Kari Shea’s reeds and have been a very satisfied customer for over 15 years. Kari’s reeds are ready to play out of the box. They are flexible and responsive, allowing me to play with a warm, round tone in all registers and dynamics. They are equally appropriate for solo and orchestral settings. Scott