School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Music : Faculty

Gina Cuffari

Adjunct Instructor of Music Prof. Cuffari

Applied Bassoon, Chamber Music, Double Reed Workshop, History and Appreciation of Music

Gina Cuffari, bassoonist, has been praised for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving” (Palm Beach Daily News).  She is a regular performer with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, and Opera Orchestra of NY.  She has also performed with the American Composers Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, and American Ballet Theater.  Gina has been a featured soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Astoria Symphony.

Gina is a founding member of the Scarborough Trio, a flute, bassoon, and piano ensemble.  The trio has performed extensively throughout the United States and has garnered top prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition. The trio gave their professional debut concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winners of the Artists International NY Jury Debut Award.

Gina is currently the bassoonist of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and a member of the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble.  She is a frequent performer with the contemporary ensemble Alarm Will Sound, and has participated in several productions at Miller Theater and Merkin Hall.  As part of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Arts Education Program, Gina has participated in chamber music concerts throughout NYC’s public schools and museums.  She has performed at Lincoln Center with the BQE Project, an ensemble that performs original music with silent films, and has had several guest artist appearances with Quintet of the Americas.  Gina has appeared with the North Country Chamber Players in New Hampshire, and has toured the Midwest as the guest artist of the Chanticleer String Quartet.  She has also performed in multiple productions at the LaMama Theater as a member of the Scenery Ensemble.

In addition to playing the bassoon, Gina is an experienced singer who enjoys performing in many different styles.  She has been featured with several jazz, pop, and r&b bands that have performed in clubs throughout New York City.  She has also arranged and performed several pieces for voice and strings and is the soprano choir section leader in The Parish of Christ the Redeemer in Pelham, NY.