Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Betsy Sturdevant

Principal Bassoon

Betsy Sturdevant’s career began when she won the Second Bassoon position with the Binghamton (NY) Symphony Orchestra at age 15. While attending the Eastman School of Music (studying with K. David van Hoesen), she won a contracted position with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. During summers at Chautauqua (NY) and Aspen (CO), Betsy studied with Ryohei Nakagawa. After receiving a bachelor's degree and Performer’s Certificate from Eastman, she won the Principal Bassoon position with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Betsy has performed at summer festivals in Aspen, CO; Boulder, CO; and Spoleto, Italy and has been featured as a bassoon soloist with orchestras in Ohio, Indiana and New York. Additionally, she maintains a private teaching studio of middle and high school-aged bassoonists and regularly coaches Columbus Symphony Cadet and Youth Orchestra wind players. Betsy is Professor of Bassoon at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music and regularly performs chamber music with colleagues from the Columbus Symphony and Capital University.