Bassoonist Frank Morelli, of Massapequa, N.Y., has been a faculty member since 1992. He has been principal bassoonist with the New York City Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and is a member of Windscape. Morelli is a frequent guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and was a guest at the final state dinner of the Clinton presidency. He has played chamber music performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 92nd Street Y, and Caramoor, Grand Canyon, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Norfolk, and Spoleto festivals. He has done more than 150 recordings for major labels, including Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with Orpheus for Deutsche Grammophon. His other solo recordings include Bassoon Brasileiro and Baroque Fireworks on MSR Classics.
Morelli has served as a judge for the Gillet International Competition in 1992 and 1996. He was editor for Stravinsky: Difficult Passages, a comprehensive excerpt book of Stravinsky’s works for bassoon (Boosey & Hawkes), and has transcribed music for solo bassoon, woodwind quintet, and winds and piano, published by TrevCo. Since 1992, he has been a member of the faculty at the National Orchestral Institute. He is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music, and SUNY-Stony Brook. Morelli received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and his master’s degree from Juilliard. He studied with Stephen Maxym. Morelli was the first bassoonist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts from Juilliard.