attended the University of Arizona and the University
of California in Los Angeles and studied with Norman
Herzberg, Wendal Jones and Gordon Solie.
whom he has worked include the Blue Baroque Band, the Chamber Music Society
of Minnesota, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, the International
Double Reed Society, the London Sinfonietta, the Minnesota
Bassoon Association, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Sixth
Army Band and the Waukesha Symphony.
In July 1993, he
gave the world premiere of “Dead Elvis” by Michael
Daugherty. Other works
performed were Daugherty’s “Bounce”, with fellow
bassoonist Carole Mason Smith, and “The Deathless Music of the
Circling Stars” by Daniel K. Sturm.
premiered Russell Platt’s “Concerto Grosso
for Bassoon and String Orchestra” with the Chamber Music Society of
Minnesota in the spring of 1997.
& 12th September 2009, he and Kathryn Greenbank
performed Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in G for Oboe, Bassoon
and Orchestra, RV 545” with the SPCO at the Ordway Center
for the Performing Arts.
The SPCO teamed
up with Cantus at Ordway
Center on 9th
September 2011 for the world premiere of “Luminous Body” by
Craig Lucas and Nico Muhly. The concert was rounded out by
Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins in D minor”,
Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme of Haydn” and
Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Sinfonia Concertante in B flat”.
Charles was the featured soloist when the Grand Teton Music Festival
Orchestra offered up Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for
Bassoon and Orchestra” at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, New York.
which he appears include: Copland: Appalachian
Spring by Hugh Wolff; Daniel S.
Godfrey: Wrinkled Moon with
members of the SPCO; Georg Friedrich
Handel: Flute Sonatas, Opus 1,
Numbers I-VI with Julie Bogorad and Layton
James; Jay Reise: The Devil in the Flesh and Other
Pieces by Marc-Andre Hamelin; Michael
Daugherty: American Icons; Morten Lauridsen: Mid-Winter Songs by the Singers;
New Music from Oberlin: Edward J. Miller and Michael
Daugherty; Norton Recorded
Anthology of Western Music, Vol. 3:
Twentieth Century; The
Romantic Tuba by Floyd Cooley; and, Winter
Morning Walks with the SPCO, Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw.
In the field
of music education, he has served as an adjudicator at the IDRS Fernand Gillet Competition,
given master classes, and served on the faculties of the Ball State
University High School Bassoon Camp, Indiana University Jacobs School of
of Minnesota and the
Utah Music Festival & School.