David Rachor Biography

Dr. David J. Rachor
Emeritus Professor of Bassoon
School of Music
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA


Papers Presented

June 2017 Galpin Society/American Musical Instrument Society Joint Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
“An Assessment of Regional Variations in Early Bassoons:
with an Emphasis on Saxon eighteenth-century Instruments”

Oct. 2015 Bassoon Conference, Kloster Michaelstein, Musikinstitut für Aufführungspraxis, Germany
“Issues with Historical Bassoon Originals and Copies:
Case Studies with Prudent and Eichentopf Bassoons

Sept. 2015 Cost FP1302 WoodMusICK; Second Annual Conference, London, UK
with Dr. Bryant Hichwa, “Acoustical Performance of Original and Replica Baroque and Classical Bassoons:
Design and Coupling of Contemporary Bocals and Reeds”

May 2012 CIMCIM/American Musical Instrument Society Joint Conference, New York City, USA
with Dr. Bryant Hichwa, “The Temperament of Baroque Bassoons:
An In-Depth Study Comparing Originals and Reproductions by Maker, Time Period, and Region”

Sept. 2009 CIMCIM/Galpin Society/American Musical Instrument Society Joint Conference, Florence-Rome, IT
with Dr. Bryant Hichwa, “Musical Acoustical Modeling of Various Baroque Bassoons”



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1995-96 Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, CNR, France                                             

Departement de Musique ancienne, Basson baroque.

1986 Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington

Doctor of Music (With Distinction)
Major Field:       Bassoon Performance
Minor Fields:     Music History, Music Theory,
String and Wind Instrument Technology
Dissertation Title: German Bassoon Tone Hole Dimensions

1979 Indiana University School of Music

Master of Music in Bassoon Performance

1973 Vanderbilt University, George Peabody College       

Bachelor of Music
Major Field: Saxophone Performance

Bachelor of Music Education


Period Instrument Performance History

2015-Pres. Bartholomew Faire, Medieval and Renaissance Group, Tempe, AZ

2007-14 Milwaukee Renaissance Band, Milwaukee, WI

2004-07 Grands Hautbois, Renaissance Reed Band, Angoulême, France

2002-2006 Le Concert Spiritual, Paris, France

2002 Lyra baroque orchestra, Minneapolis, MN


Teaching History

1989-2014 The University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)

Professor of Bassoon  (Tenured – 1993)

2004-05 Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (France)

Visiting Assistant Professor of bassoon

Visiting Professor of Baroque bassoon

2004-05 Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon (France)

Visiting Professor of Baroque bassoon

2004-05 Ecole National de Musique, (Aulnay sous Bois, France)

Professor of bassoon

1983-89 Tennessee Technological University  (Cookeville, TN)

Assistant Professor of Bassoon  (Tenured – 1987)


Modern Orchestra Bassoon Performance History

1995-2013 Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, IA

1992-93 Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, IA

1992 Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City, MO

1991-92 Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, IA

1989-95 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, IA