Daniel Boone Mill - BlaireBassoonist





A freelance bassoonist in upstate New York, Blaire has performed and collaborated with a variety of ensembles. She is a returning artist for the June in Buffalo Festival and Slee Sinfonietta at the University at Buffalo. There, in 2017, she played and presented a masterclass on contemporary works with the New York group Ensemble Signal and renowned violinist Irvine Arditti. 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 by Harry Stafylakis. Blaire is also a substitute bassoon for Syracuse’s Symphoria & Binghamton Philharmonic.

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 a program based on his music and associated films/series.  The success of the program ultimately helped to initiate the creation of Eastman’s new Beal Institute for Film and Contemporary Media. Since then, Blaire has performed in studio recordings of film music for the Institute. 

Blaire has also performed internationally in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland with American Music Abroad and the contemporary soundSCAPE Festival.

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Octet for Wind Instruments, Mvt. 2, Igor Stravinsky

Eastman School of Music

Octet for Wind Instruments, Mvt. 3, Igor Stravinsky

Eastman School of Music

NYSSMA Solo Series


Currently, Blaire is developing a series of YouTube recordings to assist beginner and intermediate bassoon players in learning more about solo repertoire. Using the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) manual as a guide, these videos demonstrate solo performances of individual pieces, followed by Quick Tips on how to approach learning the repertoire. 


By focusing her attention on NYSSMA levels 1-4, Blaire is providing young bassoonists a chance to listen and view pieces that often are not otherwise recorded. In the Quick Tips section, she discusses two or three pertinent topics. These suggestions include concepts such as how to approach solid tone quality, dynamic and articulation difficulties, technical challenges, and intonation. The series can be found on the YouTube Channel Blaire Koerner - NYSSMA Bassoon Solos.


Introduction to Hornpipe, Francis Baine

Blaire Koerner NYSSMA Series - YouTube

The New Music of Alec Wilder


Blaire is currently in the process of finalizing an arrangement-transcription of a set of pieces by the 20th Century composer, Alec Wilder. A friend of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, Wilder was mainly known for his songwriting, but also developed eclectic compositions combining classical and jazz elements. In early 2018, Blaire uncovered a set of twelve Wilder scores in the Special Collections at Eastman's Sibley Music Library, scores written for the 1956 recording "The New Music of Alec Wilder" with Mundell Lowe.  Upon further investigation, it turned out that these chamber pieces had not been performed since the original recording, in part, because the parts had been misplaced over time. For her 2018 DMA Lecture Recital, Blaire utilized the scores and original LP recording to recreate the parts, gathering together an ensemble of 10 musicians to perform these works once again. 


Ultimately the Lecture Recital, “The Collision of 1950’s Classical, Jazz and Pop: Uncovering and Transcribing Alec Wilder’s Hidden Gems,” received Eastman School of Music’s prestigious Lecture Recital Prize in 2019.  The lecture, video and all handout materials are archived by the Sibley Music Library to serve as a model for future DMA students. Blaire has received permission from the Wilder Estate to have these pieces published and is currently working on that process. You can read more about this endeavor in the Friends of Alec Wilder Newsletter Vol. 31, May 2018.

D.M.A Lecture Recital

Suggestion for Bored Dancers, Alec Wilder 

Eastman School of Music 

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