Blaire Koerner

Setnor School of Music

Instructor, Applied Music and Performance (Bassoon)

Blaire Koerner portrait.

215 Crouse College
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010

Blaire Koerner is an instructor in the Department of Applied Music and Performance.

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 freelance 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 is a co-founder and member of the chamber duo Hats+Heels with harpist Rosanna Moore, an ensemble focused on storytelling— fusing a variety of art forms and technology to help them weave colorful tales. In addition, Koerner has performed internationally in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

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, NY, 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 the Music Engineer and co-host of the chamber music podcast Soundweavers that interviews upcoming and current musicians in the field. 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 that 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.


  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
  • M.M., Eastman School of Music
  • B.A., Hofstra University