Dr. Emily Patronik Klepinger is the instructor of bassoon at Denison University. Dr. Klepinger has also been on faculty at, Ohio Wesleyan University, Heidelberg University, Capital University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She maintains a private studio of middle and high school students in the Central Ohio area. Her students have been members of OMEA All-State ensembles, the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, regional orchestras, honors bands, and are frequently accepted into university music programs.
Currently, she plays principal bassoon with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and in the bassoon sections of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Opera Project Columbus, Central Ohio Symphony, Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Knox County Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.
As an active chamber musician, she performs regularly with local chamber ensembles. She has been a member of the Columbus based ensembles OBOHIO, a double reed consort, the Rococoa Wind Quintet, and the Tour d'Anches Woodwind Trio. She has also performed with Windworks! and the Capital City Chamber Players. With OBOHIO, Dr. Klepinger completed a tour of colleges in Michigan and Central Ohio where she presented recitals and master classes.
While attending Ohio State, she was the winner of the D.M.A. concerto competition and performed Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s bassoon concerto with the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra. This concerto became the concentration of her research for her D.M.A. document, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Background, Analysis, and Performance Application.
She studied bassoon performance at The Ohio State University where her primary teachers were Karen Pierson, former Houston Symphony bassoonist and Christopher Weait, former Toronto Symphony bassoonist.