Maya Stone - bassoon
Maya Stone is a champion of music. She has commissioned and premiered several works by American composers, including William J. Lackey, Spencer Lambright, Paul Osterfield and Stephen Gorbos. Projects include solo bassoon in Black Gospel Music, which includes collaborating with the additional composers, Raymond Wise, Mark Lomax and William Menefield. She gives recitals and master classes around the U.S. each year, and performs at the International Double Reed Society Conferences. Stone is also the second bassoonist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Stone is active as a freelance musician in the Nashville, TN region. She is a member of the Nashville alternative classical ensemble, Chatterbird. She has successfully taught a vast amount of double reed students since returning to Nashville in 2013, and her students have gone on to win Mid-State and All-State band competitions each year. Her students are also members of regional Youth Orchestras in the Nashville area. Dr. Stone chooses primarily to focus her teaching on the bassoon now. She is passionate about teaching and participating in the rise of musicianship and life skills in youth. Stone feels that starting new musicians and transitioning strong young instrumentalists to the bassoon is very important and fulfilling work.
Dr. Stone has held visiting professorships at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has held the position of Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Middle Tennessee State University, and in 2004, she held a visiting professorship in double reeds at Austin Peay State University. She is also a member of the Rushes Ensemble, which premiered and recorded Michael Gordon’s work for 7 bassoons. In 2012, the group toured Europe showcasing the piece, and will continue with performances.
Dr. Stone received her D.M.A. in bassoon performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, an M.M. in bassoon performance and woodwind specialty from Michigan State University in 2003, and a B.M. in music education from SUNY Potsdam in 2001. Her teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Frank Wangler.