Setnor School of Music
Instructor, Applied Music and Performance (Bassoon)
Blaire Koerner is a freelance bassoonist, educator, and entrepreneur.
At a time when classical music is being diminished from American childhood education and experience, Koerner strives to re-enforce music's importance and availability through a variety of efforts and collaborations including innovative performances, educational initiatives, and endeavors connecting the community.
As a New York State bassoonist, Koerner has performed in a variety of large ensembles, operas, musicals, recitals, and studio recordings. Some ensembles she has worked with include Ensemble Signal, Society for Chamber Music Rochester, Buffalo's Slee Sinfonietta and Syracuse’s orchestra Symphoria. She belongs to the Eastman Community Music School faculty wind quintet and plays in a variety of chamber settings focusing on outreach and community engagement. In addition, Koerner has performed internationally in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland with American Music Abroad and the contemporary soundSCAPE Festival.
A seasoned bassoon teacher, Koerner maintains a private studio of all ages and experience levels. She is the part-time bassoon instructor at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music. In addition, she teaches bassoon and wind chamber ensembles at the Eastman Community Music School (ECSM), in Rochester, N.Y., where she recently received the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016. From 2015-2018, Koerner also taught secondary bassoon lessons at the Eastman School of Music.
An avid entrepreneur, Koerner actively pursues opportunities to understand all aspects of the music field and to hone the necessary skills in a “do-it-yourself” market. She is a board member of Rochester’s Pegasus Early Music, has been published in The Eastman Case Studies, and works to develop internationally available online courses which focus on both theory and entrepreneurial studies. Koerner is a career advisor at Eastman’s Office of Careers and Professional Development and University of Rochester's arts community at the Gwen M Greene Center for Career Education and Connections, where she assists students in exploring their musical goals and preparing for a lifetime of music.