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Alicia Mclean

Assistant Professor of Music; Bassoon

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Alicia McLean, Assistant Professor of Music, is an active bassoonist and instructor based in Missoula, MT. She was thrilled to join the University of Montana School of Music faculty in August of 2019. In addition to her position at UM, she is the staff accountant at MCT (Missoula Children’s/Community Theatre), the principal bassoonist of the Missoula and Glacier Symphony Orchestras, and the founder of the Bitterroot Double Reed Studio.

Alicia is in high demand as a performing artist. She has played with every symphony and opera orchestra in the state of Montana. In 2012, she was a featured soloist with the Glacier Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of The Bitterroot Trio (Susi Stipich - oboe, and Mika Inouye - piano), the Montana Woodwind Quintet (Jennifer Cooper - flute, Jennifer Cavanaugh - oboe, Christopher Kirkpatrick - clarinet, Zachary Cooper - horn), and Rage Against the Reeds, the newly created Missoula area bassoon ensemble.

Alicia has a passion for teaching bassoon and reed-making. She has created a thriving private studio that extends across (and outside of) Montana. She has been the instructor of bassoon at the University of Montana’s Summer Music Camp for over 20 years. She is the founder and director of the Bassoon Boot Camp, held annually in Missoula. And she is a presenter and clinician at Eastern Washington University’s yearly Bassoonarama conference.

Alicia holds degrees in Bassoon Performance (BM/MM) from the University of Montana. Her primary bassoon teachers include Roger McDonald, Carl Rath, Susan Wasdsworth and Forrest Cornwell. Alicia is a sustaining member of the International Double Reed Society.