Wren Saunders


B.M. University of Southern Maine
M.M. New England Conservatory 

Wren Saunders teaches bassoon at Gordon College. She also serves on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine and the Portland Conservatory of Music. An active freelancer, she has played with the region's top orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, PORT orchestra, Vermont Symphony, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. 

Ms. Saunders can be heard playing principal bassoon with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra performing Violin Concerto No. 6 "Old Brass" on Mark O'Connor's CD Americana Symphony on the OMAC label. Ms. Saunders is a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill (MA), and principal bassoon of the Bangor Symphony. She is a former member of the Knoxville Symphony (TN). In 2007 she was a concerto soloist with the Bangor Symphony.

Ms. Saunders has a vibrant and successful bassoon studio; her students are regularly accepted into the Maine All-State and District festivals, the USM Youth Ensembles, New England Conservatory's Youth Orchestras and the Boston Youth Orchestras. Ms. Saunders has studied with Richard Svoboda, Richard Ranti, Ben Kamins, and John Hunt.