In addition to venues and churches around the community of Hattiesburg and on the gulf coast, bassoon students have multiple performance opportunities available to them at the School of Music.
Under the arm of the USM University Bands students can audition each semester for placement in the highly acclaimed Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds or Concert Band ensembles. All are ensembles of merit, and known for exciting programming and performances.
Students also audition each semester to perform with the award-winning University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. The University Symphony has welcomed many world-class soloists over the last decade, giving USM students the chance to perform alongside such illustrious musicians as Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway, and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg. Students of the orchestra also have the opportunity to perform standard opera repertoire with the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company.
There is ample opportunity for chamber music experience at Southern Miss, and students of the bassoon studio are encouraged to form woodwind quintets and other like ensembles to be coached by USM faculty members. These chamber groups often perform in recital at the School of Music or elsewhere on the campus or in the community.
The Woodwind Recital Class occurs every Tuesday of the semester, giving bassoonists an audience to perform whatever solos or chamber music they have been working on for their woodwind colleagues and professors. On the first Tuesday of each month Recital Class meets as a school-wide forum where polished performances are heard across disciplines.
Two concerto competitions within the School of Music offer students a possibility of performing as soloists with the major ensembles at the school. These events are highly anticipated by the community and have become favorites for concertgoers in the region. The William T. Gower Concerto Competition, hosted by the orchestra, is open to wind players biennially. The Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition is open to wind players every year. In addition, students in the bassoon studio are encouraged to give recitals. Music Performance majors are required to play a 30-minute solo recital during the junior year and a 60-minute solo recital the senior year, while Music Education majors must play a 30-minute solo recital during the junior or senior year.
There are many professional regional orchestras in the South Mississippi area. Several of them hold auditions for sub-list placement every year, providing various opportunities for advanced students to perform additional orchestral repertoire throughout the season.