Joan Weiler has been associate principal/second bassoonist of the Toledo Symphony since 1989. This season she is serving as acting principal bassoonist. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and has performed with the Columbus Symphony and the Columbus Opera Orchestra.
Ms. Weiler received her master's degree in performance from Temple University where she studied bassoon with Bernard Garfield, principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She received her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Ohio State University where she also has completed coursework for a doctorate and was the winner of the DMA Concerto Competition.
In 1987, Ms. Weiler performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein for the inaugural season of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. She was a finalist in the Fernand Gillet Double Reed Young Artist Competition in Graz, Austria and toured Japan for three weeks with the Ohio State University Concert Band. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University, Heidelberg College, Ohio Wesleyan University and Wright State University.
When not performing with the orchestra, she enjoys being at home with her husband, daughter, and their three cocker spaniels.