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Jesse Schartz

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Jesse Schartz

Assistant Teaching Professor of Bassoon


311 Weigel Hall
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Bassoon
  • Pedagogy
  • Chamber Coaching
  • Woodwind Literature


  • BM, Performance — University of Arkansas
  • MA, Adult Education — University of Phoenix
  • MM, Performance — The Ohio State University

Jesse Schartz brings a wealth of diverse professional experience to share with his students as the assistant teaching professor of bassoon at The Ohio State University School of Music. Prior to this appointment, Schartz served nearly two decades at home and abroad in the United States Air Force Bands as principal bassoon in concert bands and music director of various chamber ensembles. His versatile bassoon playing with these groups is featured on nine different studio albums spanning his military career. He has toured extensively in the United States, and has performed in over 20 countries across Europe and the Middle East. 

Schartz has also performed as a trusted associate musician with many orchestral ensembles. He has played bassoon and contrabassoon with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Musical Theatre, Opera Columbus, and the Columbus Symphony, to name a few. Outside of the classical realm, Schartz confidently explores a wide range of musical interests, and his improvisation skills were featured on the debut album of the “Jason Cale Band — Blues Fusion Experience.” 

Schartz has enthusiastically worked with young students throughout his career as a private teacher and clinician. He has presented master classes to countless schools and colleges and has been relied on regularly to coach the bassoon sections of various honor bands and orchestras. Additionally, Schartz previously served as the instructor of bassoon for Ohio Wesleyan University. He is fortunate to have studied with highly regarded performers and teachers (Richard Ramey, Robert Mottl, Karen Pierson) and is honored to continue a tradition of pedagogical excellence.

Schartz remains very active in his community as a respected studio instructor, clinician and freelance musician. He diligently fosters relationships with music educators to nurture progress in bassoonists of all levels. Schartz encourages his students to explore their creativity and individual musical interests while building a strong foundation of fundamentals and technique. He inspires a team atmosphere in his studio, characterized by openness and support for one another. Most importantly, Schartz believes his students should be flexible and say “yes” to unexpected opportunities! Professor Schartz is currently the principal bassoonist with the Central Ohio Symphony, and he enjoys collaborating with fellow creatives in a wide variety of ensembles and settings.

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