Andy SledgeAssistant Professor of Bassoon and Theory
Andy Sledge brings a passion for communication and nuance to their work as a performer, teacher, and collaborator. An advocate for contemporary music, they have commissioned and premiered solo and chamber works by composers including Alexis Lamb, Nicky Sohn, and Max Vinetz. Andy has performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Sinfonietta, and Opera Theater of Connecticut. Their playing has been featured on WPLN Nashville and the soundtrack to the video game Destiny 2.
Andy joins the faculty at West Virginia University as Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Theory, having previously taught undergraduate bassoon lessons at Yale and woodwind lessons in the New Haven Public Schools and Johnston County (NC) Public Schools. Of particular interest to them is the pedagogy of contemporary bassoon techniques, for both performers and composers. Andy is a winner of Astral Artists 2022 National Auditions and was a finalist in the 2020 National Bassoon Meetup Orchestral Excerpts Competition.
Andy is currently a D.M.A. candidate at the Yale School of Music. They hold a Master’s in Music from Yale and a Bachelor’s in Music from Vanderbilt University, where they received the Founder’s Medal for highest honors. Their primary teachers include Frank Morelli, Laura Hauser, and Peter Kolkay. When away from the bassoon, Andy enjoys honing their craft in “The Three Cs:” coffee, cocktails, and (vegan) cookies.