Whether performing or teaching, bassoonist Sara Fruehe brings passion and determination to all her projects and students.
A dedicated and active chamber musician, chamber music is a central part of Fruehe’s musical identity. During the six years she was with Volante Winds, Fruehe performed at premier festivals including the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Chamber Music Wilmington, American Music Festival, Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival, and many more. Volante Winds was named semi-finalists at the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 2021 NOLA Chamber Fest, and most recently for three American Prize awards including 2022 American Music (Bacon Award), 2022 Chamber Music, and 2021-2022 Virtual Performance categories.
Current collaborating chamber ensembles include Ivory Winds, a consortium of wind and piano performers focused on calling attention to wind and piano chamber works, and 10th Muse, a reed trio, who through innovative programming, community outreach, and new musical commissions, aims to elevate the reed trio genre and its repertoire
Fruehe has held the position of second bassoon with the Terre Haute Symphony in Indiana since 2017 and frequently performs with other orchestras and ensembles throughout the Midwest.
Using the bassoon, chamber ensembles, and music to help students find and be successful in their own unique paths, Fruehe has worked with students of all ages and levels. In 2016, she was Adjunct Faculty of Bassoon and Chamber Music at James Madison University. A regularly sought after clinician and presenter, Fruehe’s recent teaching and presentation engagements have included multiple Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Indiana State University presentations, several IU Bassoon Days, and the 2021 Colorado State University BassoonaRAMa. Fruehe is also an artist faculty member at the IU Summer Music Clinic and the California Central Coast Orchestra and Jazz Academy.
A Chicagoland native, Fruehe earned a Doctor of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with minors in Music History & Literature and Arts Administration. Her dissertation, “The Operatic Bassoon: A Pedagogical Excerpt Collection,” serves as the beginnings of a new excerpt collection focused on a comprehensive review of opera excerpts for the bassoon which strives to provide a meeting point for conversation of bassoon study and performance infused with preliminary musicology and music theory concepts for the bassoonist-scholar.
She has also earned her Master of Music from DePaul University and Bachelor of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Fruehe’s primary teachers include William Ludwig, William Buchman, Robert Barris, and Arthur Weisberg.