Praised for his “warm dark sound, lovely vibrato and impressive staccato tonguing,” award-winning bassoonist Dillon Meacham performs as a soloist and sought-after collaborative artist throughout the United States.
Meacham’s diverse orchestral career includes serving as principal bassoon of the Adelphi Orchestra and performing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Symphony in C, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, and the Juilliard Orchestra, along with his active freelance work. He also performs frequently with the New York Kammermusiker around the country for a wide variety of audiences.
Meacham gave the acclaimed premiere of a new Concertino for bassoon and orchestra composed by Michael Torke with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He was a winner of the Eastern Music Festival's concerto competition, where he played the first movement of the W. A. Mozart Bassoon Concerto with orchestra, and he performed at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City. In his hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia, he was a featured soloist with multiple ensembles performing the von Weber Bassoon Concerto. Meacham was invited to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a Kaplan Fellow, and has also participated in the Sarasota and Canyon Arts Music Festivals, the Banff Centre Master Classes, and the Brevard Music Center. He enjoys refining his artistry and reed-making skills in the summers at the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Meacham is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Stony Brook University, and also holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Peabody Conservatory. His primary teachers are Frank Morelli and Phillip Kolker. He is the first playing owner of an 11,000 series Heckel bassoon built in 1971.