faculty name

Professor of Bassoon
M.M., Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music

Marisa Esposito

faculty nameProfessor of Bassoon

M.M., Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music
B.M., SUNY Fredonia

Bassoonist Marisa Esposito is a recent graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Barrick Stees. Originally from Long Island, she is currently based in Cleveland where she freelances as an orchestral bassoonist, frequently playing with the Erie Philharmonic and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. She also holds substitute positions with the New World Symphony and several regional orchestras including the Youngstown and Mansfield Symphony Orchestras.

As a soloist, Esposito enjoys the spotlight at competitions, recitals and concerts. In 2019, she won the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition in Los Angeles and the National Repertory Orchestra’s concerto competition in Breckenridge, Colorado, where she collaborated with the highly acclaimed conductor Karina Canellakis.

Esposito is also a passionate teacher of all ages. As an early childhood music specialist, she is an active part of the Cleveland Heights community, leading music classes at preschools, day cares and family centers. Most notably, through a local nonprofit organization called Family Connections, she leads music classes for young children and caregivers that is affectionately known as “Music with Marisa.”

Aside from her work with children, Esposito holds several professional academic appointments. She serves as adjunct bassoon faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she teaches bassoon lessons, reed making and pedagogy, and now she is thrilled to become the new bassoon faculty at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. At BW, Marisa looks forward to fostering a robust studio centered around student empowerment and expression.

Esposito holds a bachelors degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia where she studied with Laura Koepke, and both a masters degree and artist diploma in bassoon performance from CIM.