Dr. Jerry Voorhees

Professor Emeritus of Bassoon


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(985) 549-5089

Jerry VoorheesDr. Jerry L. Voorhees is Professor Emeritus of Applied Bassoon, Instrument Repair, Double Reed classes, and Director of the Woodwind Quintet and the Collegium Musicum at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he has been in residence since 1971. Dr. Voorhees holds degrees in music education and bassoon performance from the University of North Texas and Yale University. He has also studied electronic music at Dartmouth College under Dr. John Appleton.

Dr. Voorhees' avid interest in the history of musical instruments was fueled by his appointment as a Fellow with the National Endowment of Humanities in 1974, when he consulted with organologists in England, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Austria. An active performer, Dr. Voorhees is principal bassoonist for the Jefferson Orchestra and has been principal soloist with the Baton Rouge Orchestra and the New Orleans Ballet Orchestra. Besides bassoon, he plays the recorder, flute, and oboe.

Dr. Voorhees is Founder and Director of the Young Musicians Camp at Southeastern, which has now evolved into the Southeastern Music Festival. He is also Director of the Wind Program and Camp Band at the Algoma Music Camp in Canada. Dr. Voorhees has addressed the National Flute Association in Detroit and the International Double Reed Society in Baton Rouge on the development of the Boehm fingering systems for oboe and bassoon. He has conducted workshops for the American Recorder Society and hosts a Double Reed workshop at Southeastern for junior high and high school students every January. Dr. Voorhees proposed and provided teacher training for the Recorder Project sponsored by the Hammond Arts Council in 1996.

A renowned expert on woodwind fingering systems, Dr. Voorhees published The Development of Flute Fingering Systems of the 19th and 20th Centuries in 1980. His latest book, The Development of Woodwind Fingering Systems of the 19th and 20th Centuries, is currently under revision and will soon be published. The more than one hundred illustrations in the book were drawn by Dr. Voorhees himself. His articles entitled "Key Work" and "Woodwind embouchure" are in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and his writing on the Boehm System has been published in the Galpin Society Journal. Dr. Voorhees won the Education Press Award for his article in Instrumentalist magazine.