Amy Yang Hazlett

Principal, Anonymous Endowed Chair

Amy Yang Hazlett has served as Principal Bassoon with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra since 2006.  She was featured as a soloist with the orchestra in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Edvard Tchivzhel in January 2009 and Weber’s Concerto in 2013.  In 2010, she was the soloist in a Greenville Chamber Orchestra performance of Michael Daugherty’s virtuoso work for bassoon and chamber orchestra, “Dead Elvis,” a performance she later repeated at Furman University conductor Dr. Leslie Hicken.

Originally from Taiwan, Ms. Hazlett came to the United States as the winner of the Evergreen/Maryland Governor Scholarship Competition.  She has also held the position of Principal Bassoon with the Augusta Symphony, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, the Woodlands Symphony, TX, and as Second Bassoon with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Opera.  She was Co-Principal Bassoon with the Missouri Festival Chamber Orchestra from 2002-2007.  Additionally, she has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Key West Symphony, and the Iris Symphony.

As a soloist, Ms. Hazlett was chosen to participate in the 48th Prague Spring International Competition; she was also the winner of both the Mary Graham Lasley Competition in Alexandria, VA, and the Baltimore Music Club Senior Woodwind Competition.  She was a finalist in the Koussevitzsky Competition in New York City, and the Curtis Institute Young Artist Competition in Philadelphia.

In September 2009, Ms. Hazlett began her first year teaching Bassoon Performance as an adjunct professor at Furman University.  She was also one of the coaches for the Peace Center Chamber music program during the summer of 2016.

A student of Benjamin Kamins, Ms. Hazlett earned a Master or Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University where she studied with Phillip Kolker, and undertook doctoral studies with Jeffrey Keesecker at the Florida Statue University.  She also studied with Ms. Karen Pierson, Mr. Ronal Phillips, and Mr. John Clouser.  While still a student of Mr. Tzong-Hen Kuo in Taiwan, she won the Evergreen Competition and performed in a National television broadcast.