Instructor of Bassoon
Marilyn Chappell teaches bassoon instruction and advanced woodwind methods with her husband, Melvin Chappell, at Anderson University. She received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree, K-12, and Master of Music Degree in bassoon performance from the University of Texas in Austin.
Marilyn was principal bassoonist for the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and contrabassoonist for the Houston Ballet Orchestra and often played with the Houston Symphony. Mrs. Chappell has a long-standing interest in bassoon pedagogy and performance and was an affiliate artist in bassoon instruction for the University of Houston School of Music and for the Texas Music Festival.
An avid chamber musician, she was an active performer as a member of the Winds of Texas faculty woodwind quintet. In addition, she also maintained an active bassoon studio for 6lh through 12th grade students for many school districts in the Houston area for over 30 years, coach accompanying piano to help her students prepare for juries, recitals, and competitions.
As a dedicated music educator, she presented clinics for TMEA, TBA, and in many band programs, specializing in “How to Start/Recruit and Switch Your Student to the Bassoon,” and was adjudicator and clinician for TMEA region/all state music. She has taught public school as a beginning 6th grade band and choir director, piano accompanist and coach for middle school choir, and K-2 elementary music instructor, including beginning class piano instruction.
MM, University of Texas