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Jane Orzel

Lecturer at University of California, Santa Cruz
Private Teacher, Piano, Organ and Bassoon

609 Middlefield Road
Salinas, CA 93906
(408) 449-5790

During my learning years I was lucky enough to have several fine private instructors. In my teaching style I admit I draw heavily from each of them. I want to create an intellectually safe atmosphere in lessons. I am supportive of my student's efforts. I am positive in my suggestions and comments. I strive to create an atmosphere where students can show me what they've done in a week without self-consciousness, without performance anxiety, without dread and fear. I like to affirm their work and their musical experience. I try diligently to keep an open mind with regard to their goals and ideas while helping them recognize the discipline that goes into their art. I want my students to leave each lesson excited about playing the bassoon. An finally, what I want the most is for each student to succeed and be the best they can be. All of my efforts go in this direction.

Photo of Jane Orzel playing bassoon

Photo of a bassoon


Santa Cruz Symphony, Principal Bassoon,
1987 to present

Monterey County Symphony, Principal Bassoon,
1988 to present

Laurel Wind Quintet, 1990 to present

Ensemble Monterey, 1991 to present

Bayshore Lyric Opera Orchestra

1st United Methodist Church, Salinas,
Music Director/Organist


Leonard Sharrow, Milan Turkovic, William Waterhouse, Wilbur Simpson, Sam Jordan, Artemus Edwards, Steve Paulson


Jane has published an article on circular breathing in The Double Reed, Vol. 14, No. 1 and the Eagle Handbook of Bassoon Fingerings. She has been a soloist with various groups both in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in the Monterey Bay area, California



B.S. in Music, Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A. in Music History, San Jose State University



University of California, Santa Cruz, Lecturer, 1990 to present
Private Teacher, Piano, Organ and Bassoon



American Federation of Musicians #153
International Double Reed Society
American Guild of Organists and Chamber Music Society of America

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