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School of Orchestral Studies

Dr. Cayla Bellamy

Associate Conductor

Dr. Cayla Bellamy is currently on faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, where she teaches courses in applied bassoon, chamber music, woodwind literature, music education, and the liberal arts core curriculum. As a concerto soloist and orchestral musician, she has performed throughout the United States and is the contrabassoonist for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.  Bellamy believes wholeheartedly in the community building power of music, which has led her to co-found the touring bassoon duo Double or Nothing in 2014 and the Bloomington (IN) chapter of the chamber music collective Classical Revolution in 2012. To date, her conducting career includes serving as Associate Conductor for the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, band director for the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA), and founder of the Undergraduate Conducting Symposium at the University of Georgia. She is thrilled to continue conducting both in New York, as the new Associate Conductor of the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies, and in Iowa, covering this season’s production of Susannah with the UNI Opera and Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

Bellamy’s passion for education has also resulted in positions with Interlochen Arts Camp and NYSSSA, where she served for two years as Assistant Director for Administration for the School of Orchestral Studies. She recently completed the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University with a research focus in beginning bassoon pedagogy, and her method book “Just for Bassoonists: A Companion Method for Beginning Classroom Curriculum” is in review for hopeful e-publication by 2017. Bellamy is an active member of the International and Midwest Double Reed Societies, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors.