Imani Mosley is a professional bassoonist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her Masters degree in Bassoon Performance at the Peabody Conservatory after receiving a Bachelor's degree in Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. While living in New York, she performed with several orchestras and chamber groups. In 2005, she played bassoon on a special for PBS and appears on the Amici Forever concert DVD. In the same year, she played in the New York premiere of Bruce Saylor's chamber opera, Orpheus Descending, originally premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2011, she won the position of assistant principal bassoon in the Empire State Sinfonia, a New York City-based orchestra. An avid chamber musician, her wind quintet Clarendon Wind Quintet studied and performed with musicians from such groups as the North Carolina Symphony, eighth blackbird, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Dorian Wind Quintet. In 2003, they were semifinalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She was a part of a touring performance of Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat in 2007 and has worked with the Quintet of the Americas at the NYU Summer Institute for Wind Chamber Music. Her wind trio, fourth corner trio, premiered several works commissioned for and dedicated to them by members of the Peabody Composition department and won several awards.
Ms. Mosley began playing bassoon at eleven years old and has been performing since. Upon graduation from high school, she received the Rita Goodman Scholarship (Enloe High School) for excellence in music education and a continued career in music. While at Appalachian State University, Ms. Mosley received an AppalPie Scholarship for her promising work in music and at Queens College, received the Grosser Award for Outstanding Woodwind Performance and the Dicimus et Serviamus Award for her work at the Aaron Copland School of Music. She was a recipient of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Orchestral Scholarship at the Peabody Institute as well as the Grace Clagett Raney Prize in Chamber Music for her work with fourth corner trio.
While studying with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra principal bassoonist Phillip Kolker at Peabody, she performed with both the Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras as principal, assistant principal, associate principal and contrabassoon as well as performing in Conductors Orchestra, Baltimore Baroque Band on baroque bassoon, and Camerata, Peabody's student new music ensemble. She also premiered several works written for her including Roger Zare's Wind Trio and Triptych for unaccompanied bassoon. She finished with a Masters of Music in Bassoon Performance as well as a Masters of Musicology. Now finishing a PhD in Historical Musicology, she plays with [dnme], Duke's new music ensemble, the Duke Bassoon Band, and coaches a bassoon ensemble at Enloe High School in Raleigh. She continues to perform and premiere new works including Maxwell Tfirn's Purgatory for unaccompanied bassoon and enjoys playing with groups throughout the Triangle.
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