David BorstDavid Borst

David Borst, Bassoon(back to musicians page)

Favorite Quote:
"Music is the language of the heart."

Favorite composer(s) to listen to?
Johannes Brahms

Favorite composer(s) to perform?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Random Fact:
Like to play tennis and swim. In addition to playing in several professional level ensembles, I enjoy playing duets with my wife, a violinist, in church services.

If you could blink your eyes and be in a favorite place right now, where would it be?

Dr. David T. Borst comes to us from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he taught bassoon, class woodwinds and Music Education courses. In 1995 he was awarded, “Music Teacher of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers National Association. He has taught several bassoonists who are currently teaching on the university level or playing professionally. While teaching at IUP he performed with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet, the Reed Trio, gave numerous solo faculty recitals, while playing principal bassoon for over thirty five years with the Johnstown Area Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Borst has studied with the famous Simon Kovar in New York City and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He later became a student of K. David VanHoesen. He has degrees in Music from Fredonia State University of New York, the University of Buffalo, and the Eastman School of Music where he earned a DMA in Bassoon. David began his professional playing career as a bassoonist with the Erie Philharmonic, then performed full time with the Buffalo Philharmonic for three years.

In 1979-1980, Dr. Borst invested his sabbatical year abroad as a volunteer conductor for the Jerusalem Youth Orchestra, in Israel and took the ensemble on a cultural exchange tour of Germany and Austria.