Montana native Natalie Law is thrilled to be returning to her home state as the Interim Principal Bassoonist of the Great Falls Symphony and Chinook Winds. Natalie enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, entrepreneur, and advocate for young bassoonists.
She performs in both orchestral halls and elementary school gymnasiums, believing that classical music should be accessible to audiences of all backgrounds.
Prior to her appointment in Great Falls, Natalie performed with orchestras throughout Michigan including the Lansing Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and West Michigan Symphony.
She is also a founding member of the Lansing-based woodwind quintet, Pure Winds. This ensemble has toured throughout the United States, performed at conferences such as the Midwest Clinic, been named finalists for The American Prize, and will be releasing their debut album under the Orpheus Classical label in 2022.
Natalie is currently finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where her dissertation is centered around researching pedagogical practices for young bassoonists. The bassoon is an often underrepresented and misunderstood instrument in school music programs across the United States. This is why Natalie founded Building a Bassoonist, an online academy developed primarily to serve students in both rural and underserved areas who do not otherwise have access to a bassoon teacher.
Although Natalie grew up in Columbia Falls and attended university in Missoula, she considers herself an example of the impact that the Great Falls Symphony has throughout the state. Having studied previously with the two most recent Principal Bassoonists of the GFSA, Dorian Antipa and Elizabeth Crawford, Natalie was given access to excellent mentors as a developing musician. She also attributes her successes to her teachers, Michael Kroth and Jennifer Cavanaugh.
Natalie is excited to be closer to great hiking and ski hills!