Conor Bell teaches applied bassoon lessons, reedmaking, music theory and aural skills at Auburn University. Conor particularly enjoys finding pieces that haven’t been previously recorded, and expanding the bassoon's repertoire by arranging other instrument’s works for bassoon.
Dr. Bell studied at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he earned both his master's and doctoral degrees. His dissertation, titled "David Maslanka and His Works for the Bassoon," explores the life, compositional process, and the works of American composer David Maslanka. Conor also holds doctoral minors in both Music Theory and Arts Administration.
Conor is passionate about tailoring his instruction to each students’ needs and interests, and using fundamentals to address underlying problems while using music theory and history to unlock meaningful artistic expression. He has experience teaching all levels of experience, including beginners through advanced students and adult hobbyists.
As an orchestral musician, Conor has been principal bassoon of the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky since 2016. He is also a frequent substitute with various orchestras in Indiana.
When he’s not bassooning, Conor enjoys reading good books, playing racquetball, and hiking with his wife, oboist Kathleen Carter Bell.