College of Fine Arts and Design


Dr. Lori Wooden

Professor of Bassoon and Associate Conductor of the UCO Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Lori Wooden holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin, a MM from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Music Education from St. Cloud University. She is currently a member of the Enid Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to moving the OK, Dr. Wooden was a member of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (contra bassoon), the Madison Symphony Orchestra (contra bassoon), the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra (principle bassoon) and the Greater Rochester (NY) Women's Philharmonic Orchestra (bassoon).

Dr. Wooden teaches bassoon, chamber music, arts management and is the associate conductor of the UCO Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches music theory.

Her teachers include John Miller and Mark Kelly (Minnesota Orchestra); Chuck Ullery (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra); Richard Lottridge (Chicago Symphony); Abe Weiss (Rochester Philharmonic); and Jill Marderness (Quintessence-Phoenix, AZ).

Before moving to OK, Dr. Wooden was the assistant conductor and manager of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Hochstein Music School in Rochester, NY as well as a music faculty member at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Monroe Community College. She has served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. From 1988-2003, Dr. Wooden was the instructor of bassoon and saxophone at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI.

She is a founding member of the "SugarFish" Reed Trio and actively promotes chamber music in the area.

Who has most influenced you? Why?
My first bassoon teacher, Jill Marderness because she stuck with me and made me be better than I thought I could be.  Jim Smith and David Becker, Nancy Strelau and Kevin Casey;  all conductors in different genres of music and all, by far, the best I've ever worked with in their areas of expertise.  They taught me the importance of being prepared, being professional, being humble and how to be a musician.

Name a play, production, film, recording, book, or composition that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others.
Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring for thirteen players.  This is the piece that spoke to me and told me I had to make the switch to bassoon.  Up until this point I had been a saxophone major.  After hearing Appalachian Spring, I knew that if I didn't learn how to play the bassoon I would never be able to perform it; and that was just not acceptable to me.  This was undoubtedly the most pivotal moment in my musical career.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?
Endurance and patience.  Days are long, weeks are longer and true learning never happens fast.

Dr. Lori Wooden, Bassoon

 MUS 203

(405) 974-5756

BS, Music Education
St. Cloud State University

BA, French
University of Central Oklahoma                                                                                                                                     

MM, Bassoon Performance
University of Minnesota

DMA, Bassoon Performance
University of Wisconsin

Enid Symphony, Edmond Chamber Orchestra, SugarFish Reed Trio, Zephyr Winds.
Presentations:  Stage Fright/Presence and Bassoon for Music Educators.

International Double Reed Society, College Music Society, Musicians Union, College Orchestra Directors Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, Alliance Francaise, Sierra Club