American bassoonist and composer Reed Hanna is an active freelance musician in the southeastern United States. Currently, Dr. Hanna is principal bassoon of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta, GA. He also performs regularly on bassoon and contrabassoon with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston POPS!, the Valdosta (GA) Symphony, the Greenville (SC) Symphony, and others. A committed educator and chamber musician, he maintains a private bassoon studio in Columbia, SC, and frequently plays in chamber and new music concerts. Dr. Hanna is instructor of Double Reeds at Georgia Southern University and instructor of bassoon at Newberry College in Newberry, SC.
In 2016, Dr. Hanna performed a recital of some of his own compositions at the International Double Reed Society annual conference held in Columbus, GA. In 2015, he performed in the Spoleto USA Festival both with the festival orchestra and in performances with New York Baroque, Inc. That year he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of South Carolina, where he studied bassoon with Dr. Michael Harley (founding member of the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound).
Dr. Hanna’s compositions have recently become more widely known among woodwind players for their interesting and imaginative musical ideas that challenge performers and captivate audiences. Recent publications include Little Suite for bassoon and bass clarinet (also for 2 bassoons), and Red Lights!, his second woodwind quintet. Amidst many current composition projects, Dr. Hanna is composing his Second Chamber Symphony and has begun work on a second concerto for tuba, and most recently a second bassoon concerto.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, Dr. Hanna earned the Performer’s Certificate from Penn State University, where he studied bassoon with Daryl Durran. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Dr. Jeffrey McCray and Dr. Jason Worzbyt, respectively.
In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Hanna enjoys running, swimming, and cycling. He teaches swimming lessons each summer in Columbia, and is looking forward to training for his next marathon or triathlon. All of life is a race, and you are your biggest competition.