Genevieve Beaulieu began working at Hope College as an instructor of bassoon in January 2015. She teaches bassoon lessons, studio class, reed making class, and bassoon literature and pedagogy.
Areas of Expertise
Genevieve's doctoral research covered two specialized topics: the instruction of double tonguing and the adaptation of reeds for the extreme registers.
The goal of her double tonguing research was to develop a presentation to teach bassoon instructors both how to double tongue (a technique used to play fast articulation) and how to teach double tonguing to their students. This technique is often taught when it becomes an absolute necessity because it is so daunting and time consuming for teachers. With a simple plan to follow, Genevieve gives her audience a user-friendly approach to teaching double tonguing.
Genevieve also completed extensive research on building reeds for the extreme high and low registers of the bassoon. The opening of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" require a good high-note reed, while the opening of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6" requires a good low-note reed. With her research, Genevieve can easily make these reeds and teach students about the necessary adaptations.
- DMA, bassoon performance, Michigan State University, 2015
- M.M., bassoon performance, Michigan State University, 2012
- M.M., bassoon performance and general business minor, Ohio State University, 2010
Outside the College
In addition to teaching at Hope College, Genevieve maintains private studios in Holland and Lansing. She is the principal bassoonist of Midland Symphony Orchestra and second bassoonist of Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She frequently performs with Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and West Michigan symphonies. Genevieve plays with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra woodwind quintet and ma non troppo, a trio based in Grand Rapids. She also plays in a duo with Hope saxophone professor J. Adam Briggs.