About Us...
Frank and Kim Wangler
Kim L. Wangler

Kim Wangler holds a Bachelors degree in Musical Studies from the Crane School of
Music and a Masters in Woodwinds from Michigan State University. She has done
post-graduate work at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the
Sweelink Conservatory of Amsterdam, Holland
, and completed her MBA from
Norwich University in 2004.  Ms. Wangler has studied bassoon with Frank Wangler,
Edgar Kirk, Otto Eiffert, and Yoep Terwey. She has played with many orchestras
including the Lansing Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Orchestra of
Northern New York. Kim taught at Albion College, West Virginia University and
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music before joining the faculty at Appalachian
State University in 2005 where she is the Director of Music Industry Studies and
teaches music business classes.

Frank Wangler holds a bachelors degree and a masters in Woodwinds from Michigan
State University where he studied bassoon with Edgar Kirk and Charles Sirard, and
clarinet with Elsa Verdehr and Keith Stein. Sabbatical study has brought further study
with master bassoonists Sherman Walt, Williard Elliot, Bernard Garfield and Leonard
Sharrow. He has played co-principal bassoon in the National Symphony Orchestra in
Johannesburg, South Africa and  has performed  as principal bassoonist  and as
soloist with orchestras in
Michigan, Ohio and New York. He has also appeared as
soloist with the Faculty Orchestra and the Faculty Band at the National Music Camp
in Interlochen, Michigan, where he taught bassoon for ten years and coached the
bassoon section of the World Youth Orchestra.  He has  premiered new works at Weill
Recital Hall and the American New Music Festival at New York University and
performed new music for two bassoons (with Kim Wangler) by Crane composers at
the 2001 International Double Reed Society Convention in Morganton ,West Virginia.
He has presented masterclasses at various Universities and Conservatories including
his most memorable, in Corunna, Spain with his son, Steve, the principal bassoonist
with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia.   
Mr. Wangler retired from the Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y., Potsdam, where he
taught bassoon and clarinet and performed with the Potsdam Wind Quintet. He has
also served as  principal bassoonist with the Orchestra of Northern New York and
appeared as sol
oist on several occasions. In 2004 he and his wife, Kim Wangler
founded the Bel Canto Bassoon Reed Company which is currently supplying reeds for
bassoonists across the country.

- premium quality hand-made bassoon reeds -