Janis McKay
Janis McKay
Bassoonist • Educator • Author
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Bassoon Studio

The bassoon studio at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is diverse and inclusive and has grown consistently in both size and quality since Dr. McKay arrived in 1995. Studio members participate in a number of activities outside of the normal curriculum, such as special reed making gatherings and the Bright Light City Bassoons, and they serve as instructors and aides for the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp held at UNLV each winter. Students come from all over the United States and Japan, and many have gone on to successfully pursue careers in the music industry.

The bassoon studio typically consists of about 7-8 students. They each receive one 50-minute lesson every week, participate in a weekly studio class, and have the option to take a weekly 90-minute reed class. Studio members also have access to a reed room where they can borrow UNLV reed making equipment, store their own reed making supplies, and work on reeds any time the building is open. There are also a number of performing opportunities including Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, NEXTET, the Star of Nevada Marching Band, Community Band, woodwind quintets, other chamber ensembles, convocations, and recitals. 

As a full-time professor at UNLV, Dr. McKay is on campus most days and easily available to provide help and advice. The studio members are supportive, welcoming to new members, and they form strong and lasting relationships with Dr. McKay and with each other. Students that are interested in auditioning may schedule a full day of activities at UNLV including a private lesson with Dr. McKay, the opportunity to sit in on one or more ensemble rehearsals, a campus tour, as well as several informal activities to get to know the studio members and Dr. McKay.

School of Music

As an innovative artistic and educational leader in the United States, as well as the primary catalyst for music culture in Southern Nevada, the mission of the UNLV School of Music is to provide a professional artistic environment that supports programs of excellence in the education of musicians. With respect for and responsiveness to the needs of students and faculty, the School produces musicians of the highest quality, develops each student’s unique strengths in performance, composition, and the teaching of music, generates excellence in musical literacy and performance, and increases the public’s appreciation for the intrinsic value of music through leadership and excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creativity, and professional service.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Music strives to be acknowledged as one of the foremost comprehensive programs of music in the United States, able to attract the finest students and faculty. Through instructional excellence, leading-edge research, inspired creativity, and dedicated service, the School seeks to prepare students to be artistic leaders in their profession, each possessing the highest standards of performance, teaching, scholarship and artistic vision, and each capable of achieving success in their chosen field.

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