Charles G Ullery
Affiliate Faculty: Bassoon
Charles Ullery has been principal bassoon of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1975. Prior to joining the SPCO, he was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under conductor Seiji Ozawa, and performed in the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco. Ullery graduated cum laude in mathematics from the University of Arizona at age 19.
As a soloist with the SPCO, Ullery has performed concertos by Vivaldi, Haydn, Husa, Martin, Mozart, Weber, Strauss, Panufnik and Jolivet. Many composers have written solo and chamber works for him, and in July 1993 he played three of these compositions at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Minneapolis. During the 1998-99 season he premiered a concerto by Russell Platt with the Waukesha (WI) Symphony. He has appeared twice as a soloist at the Sarasota Music Festival, as guest artist at the Glickman-Popkin bassoon camp in North Carolina, at the Utah Festival and at the Carnegie Hall Festival. He spent the 1987-88 season as a faculty member at Oberlin College, and currently is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Macalaster College.
Since the summer of 1976, Ullery has been principal bassoon of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Jackson, Wyoming, where he has also served as a program commentator, including children's concerts which he has written and narrated with his daughter Brooke.