A freelance bassoonist in Western New York, Blaire has performed and collaborated with a variety of ensembles and individuals. In 2017, Blaire played and presented a masterclass on contemporary works, with the New York group Ensemble Signal and renowned violinist Irvine Arditti at the June in Buffalo Festival. In addition, she had the chance to accompany The JACK Quartet as a part of the Eastman new music group Ossia . In 2016, she joined the Society for Chamber Music Rochester to produce a commissioned work and became a member of The [ - ] Project Chamber Orchestra for their premier concert focusing on works by Stravinsky. Since 2014, Blaire has been a substitute for Syracuse’s member-run orchestra Symphoria. Other Rochester organizations with which Blaire has collaborated include ENSEMBLE id, the Sunset Concert Series , the New York Empire Ballet Company, and Cordancia .
A promoter of mixed-media collaborations, Blaire has worked with University of Rochester dancers on multiple occasions - in Eric Laprade’s 2017 production of The Creation du Monde and for a Fringe Festival program performance in fall of 2018. From 2014-2016, she was a member of the Empire Film Music Ensemble - combining film and music together in performance. The ensemble brought in composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards) to conduct, which initiated the creation of Eastman’s new Beal Institute for Film and Contemporary Media. Since then, she has performed in studio recordings of film music for the Institute.
As a chamber musician, she has been a member of the Antara Wind Quintet, with members of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Eastman Community Music School faculty quintet, and the Luzerne Music Center faculty quintet - all presenting outreach and educational concerts to schools and young students. In addition, she has played in a variety of chamber combinations for Eastman ensembles, recitals, and composition premieres.
Outside the New York area, Blaire has performed across the United States and in Europe at a variety of festivals including the contemporary chamber orchestra soundSCAPE, American Music Abroad, Imani Winds Chamber Festival, Peabody Conservatory Bassoon Week, the Fresno Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy and the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp.
French Songs of the Season Faculty Recital
Les berceaux, Op. 23, No. 1, Gabriel Fauré
Eastman Community Music School
Dr. Rosanna Moore, harp