American bassoonist and composer Reed Hanna is quickly becoming a noteworthy new voice in the double reed community, whose compositions have become known among wind players for their interesting and imaginative musical ideas that challenge performers and captivate audiences.
His first CD of chamber music, Carte Blanche, will be available on all streaming services and for purchase in Summer 2019. Recent publications include Duo for oboe and bassoon, Little Suite for bassoon and bass clarinet (also for 2 bassoons), and Red Lights!, his second woodwind quintet. All of these works (among others) can be heard on Carte Blanche, and are published by Potenza Music.
As an orchestral musician, Reed plays principal bassoon in the Augusta (GA) Symphony. As a freelance artist he has also appeared with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Greenville (SC) Symphony, Valdosta (GA) Symphony, the North Charleston POPS! and many other orchestras in the southeastern United States. As a clinician he has performed recitals and given masterclasses and recitals at the University of Georgia, the University of Florida, the University of South Carolina, and several International Double Reed Society conferences, including the 2018 conference in Grenada, Spain and the 2016 conference in Columbus, GA. A new work, Shadows for bassoon and marimba, was recently commissioned by the Col Legno Duo, and will be performed at the 2019 IDRS Conference in Tampa, FL.
Reed currently teaches at Coker University in SC, and has been on the faculties of Georgia Southern University, and Newberry College.
His principal teachers include Michael Harley (Univ. of South Carolina, Alarm Will Sound), Daryl Durran (Penn State University), Jason Worzbyt (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), and Mahlon Grass (Lock Haven University). Reed earned a DMA in bassoon performance from the University of South Carolina, Performer’s Certificate from Penn State, a Master of Music in bassoon performance from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and a BS in Music Education from Indiana University of PA.
In addition to teaching, performing, and composing, Reed enjoys running, swimming, and cycling, and going to breweries.
I've written for a lot of different instrumental combinations. Most of my music involves the bassoon and/or other woodwinds, and that is primarily because as a performer, I like to be able to play the music that I write (often with my musician friends). For some reason, I often also find myself writing for tuba and euphonium. My current fixations are: a second chamber symphony (mixed ensemble), two new euphonium pieces, a second bassoon concerto that is already very different from my first bassoon concerto (2012), and hopefully sometime finishing my concerto for clarinet and strings.
is to put some score images and recordings on this site. However, that will need to happen between concerts and daily practicing, which of course take precedence! For now, I'm going to link to some of my published pieces below. I'm very excited about the publication of my new duo Little Suite or bassoon and bass clarinet (also available for 2 bassoons).