Brigit Fitzgerald

Phoenix, Arizona

The University of Texas at Austin
DMA in bassoon performance (2024)
MM in bassoon performance (2021)
Vanderbilt University
BM in bassoon performance and mathematics (2019)

Juliet Whitcomb and Elliot Schrage Chair

Brigit Fitzgerald is a DMA student in Austin, TX and is the Principal Bassoonist of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Visit www.brigitfitzgerald.com to learn more about her bassoon journey and to enjoy media samples, including an award-winning humorous bassoon tango video! She is thankful for her current teacher, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, and previous mentorship from Peter Kolkay, Albie Micklich, and Martin VanKlompenberg.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I am a founding member of Fermata Reeds, a company developing affordable, long-lasting, biocomposite bassoon reeds. It is our mission to make it more affordable for students to play the bassoon.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Igor Stravinsky, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and George Jones

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Arts and crafts: furniture building, glass etching, painting, and knitting

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I am eager to spend a summer in the Colorado mountains playing a large amount of music with incredible colleagues.