Eric Dircksen, bassoon
Eric Dircksen studied saxophone and bassoon at Indiana University in Bloomington and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He played utility bassoon and saxophone with the Jerusalem Symphony. He has participated in summer festivals in Aspen, Los Angeles, Dallas, Idaho, Spoleto, Jerusalem, and Graz, Austria. In the Washington area he enjoys an active freelance career playing principal bassoon with Washington Concert Opera, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Orchestra, and Washington Ballet, and extra bassoon/contrabassoon with Washington Opera, Alexandria Symphony and National Philharmonic and others. He performed with the National Gallery Chamber Players at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and in Kolobrzeg, Poland. He is a member of Eastwind Consort, a woodwind chamber group that plays throughout the MidAtlantic region.