Bassoonist Sarah Tako from Stillwater, Minnesota, will be in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia this fall. She most recently won the top prize in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition, held at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California. Tako has substituted in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra. An active chamber player, Tako recently performed Fraincaix's Nonnetto (an arrangement of Mozart's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major) with The Jupiter Symphony in New York City. She also recently substituted for second bassoon in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and also with the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Tako has soloed with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony in Alberta, Canada as a part of their "Masterful Mozart" concert series. She has performed in master classes with esteemed bassoonist including Frank Morelli, Per Hanevold, Nancy Goeres, William Winstead, Richard Svoboda, and her former teacher, John Miller.
Sarah has also performed on Minnesota Public Radio as a part of the Minnesota Varsity music competition, of which she was a finalist and showcase artist. As a finalist, she also performed at the Fitzgerald Theater, home of "Prairie Home Companion" in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Tako has also performed live on American Public Media's "Performance Today", where she performed a newly commissioned woodwind quintet.
Sarah currently studies with Daniel Matsukawa, principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She performs regularly as principal bassoon of Symphony in C in New Jersey. This is her fourth season with the Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra.