Lincoln Musicians Association

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Local 463's Bassoon performer / teachers:


Phone: 402-484-0485
Joyce Besch currently holds the position of third bassoon/contrabassoon in Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Joyce also performs with Nebraska Chamber Players, Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Municipal Band, and is a member of Great Plains Chamber Winds. Before coming to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2006, Joyce was an active free-lance bassoonist in Toronto, Ontario. There she held the second bassoon position with Niagara Symphony and performed with several area orchestras, including Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and Oshawa-Durham Symphony. Some of her more notable bassoon performances include backing up rock bands The Moody Blues and Kansas, and playing “Happy Trails” on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Joyce teaches bassoon at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Joyce also taught bassoon and aural skills at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan from 2005-2006. Joyce has studied bassoon with Laine Bryce and Carole Mason-Smith in St. Paul, MN, Yoshi Tominaga in Salzburg, Austria, and Linda Harwell in Baltimore, MD. She has received degrees from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota (B.A. Music Ed.) and from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M. Performance). While at the College of St. Catherine, Joyce was a two-time winner of the CSC Concerto competition, allowing her to perform as a soloist with members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Phone: 402-435-4090
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Karen's mainline interest is classical music, and she is also a major local proponent of contemporary music. You can see her on stage with various groups including Lincoln Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Municipal Band, and New Music Agency.

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