Melissa Grady

Years playing with the PSO: 20
First instrument: Clarinet
Lives in: Epping, NH

Why the Bassoon?

I started playing bassoon when I was 12. Students usually start playing bassoon when they are a little older, switching from another instrument because it is so big.

I remember sitting in 6th grade band playing clarinet when my music teacher announced that the school had a couple of bassoons, oboes, and french horns for students to try. We had a brand new middle school that came with new instruments! I didn’t know much about bassoon at the time, but it looked interesting and I liked the low range.

What do you like about playing with a symphony orchestra?

The bassoon often accompanies other instruments and I love creating different textures and colors with other musicians in the orchestra.

How do you spend your time outside of the PSO?

I spend time with my husband and my two children who are 11 and 8 years old. I always have a knitting project in my bag, if not in my hands. I work full-time in marketing analytics.

What is your favorite piece of music to play on your instrument?

Playing a Vivalidi bassoon concerto is like comfort food in musical form.

Tell us about your musical education.

I studied with Janet Polk at the University of NH.