Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

Jonathan Sherwin

Lecturer in Bassoon

M.M., Northwestern University
B.M., Eastman School of Music

A native of Buffalo, NY, Jonathan Sherwin has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1997, appointed by Music Director Christoph von Dohnanyi. He has appeared as a soloist on several occasions and has recorded and toured extensively with the orchestra.  Previous to joining the Cleveland Orchestra, he had been a member of the Colorado Symphony for ten years. During his association with the Colorado Symphony, and in addition to his musical duties, Mr. Sherwin served as the orchestra's personnel manager for seven years and often was the host for the orchestra's popular post-performance "Talk Back" programs. In addition, he was seen and heard regularly as spokesperson on television and radio, advertising Colorado Symphony Orchestra programs. Before becoming a member of the Colorado Symphony, Mr. Sherwin lived in Chicago, IL, performing with organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Music of the Baroque ensemble, Chicago City Ballet, and Chicago Opera Theater. He was often engaged for studio recording work, and has been heard on national television advertisement sound tracks for United Airlines and McDonald's. Also while living in Chicago, Mr. Sherwin was a frequent artist on several chamber music series, including the Dame Myra Hess radio broadcasts from the Chicago Public Library. Mr. Sherwin has been a regular participant at summer music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Spoleto Music Festival. Other orchestras Mr. Sherwin has been a member of include the New Orleans Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Florida Orchestra. Mr. Sherwin began playing the bassoon in seventh grade after being persuaded to switch from the saxophone. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer's Certificate, and subsequently earned his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. He is a former Bassoon Fellowship and Contra Bassoon Fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival. Bassoon teachers include K. David Van Hoesen, Willard Elliot, Ryohei Nakagawa and David Carroll; Contra Bassoon teachers include Bradford Buckley, Norbert Nielubowski, and Burl Lane. Actively involved as an educator, Mr. Sherwin serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University. He has given Masterclasses at several educational institutions including the Eastman School of Music, Duquesne University and the Aspen Music Festival.


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