Affiliate Artist in bassoon
office: MSM 307
office phone: (713)743-3328
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Elise Wagner has been a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra bassoon section since September 2008. She also performs with the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the Lake Tahoe SummerFest. Prior to her appointment with the Houston Symphony, she performed with the Toronto Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She was also awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival.
When performing outside of the orchestra Ms. Wagner is an advocate for modern music as well as a chamber musician. Ms. Wagner was part of the world premiere of "Who am I?", a composition commissioned by the Foundation for Modern Music in March 2013. Following the premiere performance in Houston, she also performed the work at La Mama Theater in New York City in February 2014. She is also is an active chamber musician and performs regular with the Greenbriar Consortium and the St. Cecelia Chamber Music Series.
In addition to her performance schedule Ms. Wagner is a faculty member at the University of Houston, the Texas Music Festival and the American Festival for the Arts. In the past year she has given master classes at the University of North Texas, Baylor University, Murray State University and was a special guest artist at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
A native of Monroe Wisconsin, Ms. Wagner earned her Masters Degree at Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Nancy Goeres, principal bassoon of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She earned her bachelors degree at Temple University under the instruction of Daniel Matsukawa, principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra.