Bassoonist Dr. Allison Buck received her Doctorate of Arts in bassoon performance from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana. She received both her Bachelors and Master’s in Music at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Dr. Buck’s published dissertation, “An Investigation of the Influence of Central Italian Folk Music on Composers’ Use of Bassoon in Select Symphonic and Large Chamber Works of the Nineteenth Century” prompted her eventual move to Italy.Before moving to Italy permanently, Dr. Buck performed with the International Lyric Academy in Rome and Viterbo, Italy every summer for nine years on scholarship. In the United States she regularly performed with many groups including In Concert Sierra, Benicia Ballet, Symphony Orchestra of Northern California, Sonoma Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Lake Tahoe Symphony, Sierra Nevada Winds, Anderson Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Sacramento Youth Symphony (1993), and the Italian American Opera Foundation among others. Allison made her first solo appearance at the age of 17 with Del Oro High School in Loomis, California.
Dr. Allison Buck maintains a prolific bassoon studio in the Sacramento, California area and teaches online. Her students have received scholarships into various universities, and command performances and gold medal rankings in the California State Solo Competition. Her students win first chair in state-wide honor bands, as well as Sacramento Youth Symphony and Napa Valley Youth Symphony with scholarships, and solo competitions at the college level as high school students. Dr. Buck also teaches bassoon reed making and sells her reeds to bassoonists ranging from beginner to professional all over the world.
Allison’s teachers include Dr. Keith Sweger, Paolo Carlini, Chad Cognata, Dr. Susan Willoughby, and Maryll Goldsmith.