William Short was appointed principal bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A dedicated teacher, Short serves on the faculties at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University. He has performed and taught at the Interlochen, Lake Champlain, Lake Tahoe, Mostly Mozart, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Strings, Twickenham, and Verbier festivals. Committed to forging connections between audiences and performers, Short’s articles on the subject can be found on the MET Orchestra Musicians’ website.
Originally from Round Rock, Tex., Short received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins.