Significant teachers and mentors:
A few of Mr. Fon-Revutzky's significant teachers and mentors over the years were: Dr. Douglas Huff, Dr. Susan Willoughby, Steve Dibner, Stephen Paulson and Robert Barris.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Mr. Fon-Revutzky's philosophy is one that many individuals practicing the bassoon, and their parents, are very fond of. He believes in making music, especially the bassoon, fun! That's not to say that he doesn't think it will be hard work and effort, but that it should be enjoyable for every student.
Professional affiliations & activities:
He is currently on the faculty of the University of St. Francis, and Joliet Junior College where he teaches a woodwind technique and an exploration of music literature course respectively, as well as teaching lessons. Furthermore Gerik teaches lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago, Neuqua Valley, Metea Valley, Waubonsie Valley, Schaumburg, Fremd, Wheeling, Hersey and Lake Forest High Schools. Gerik has given masterclasses at Western Illinois University, CSUSacramento, and Davis High School, and has been a clinician at the Chicago Double Reed Festival as well as the CYSO Double Reed Festival. During the summers of 2000-2006 Gerik was the bassoon instructor, Assistant Manager and Head Librarian at the Luzerne Music Center. While there, Gerik made his professional acting debut playing the role of the Soldier in Stravinsky’s Le Histoire du Soldat with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra performing.
Additional affiliations include: Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra - contrabassoonist IDRS (International Double Reed Society), NEA (National Educators Association
Interests outside of music:
Aside from his interests in music, Gerik also enjoys mountain biking, physics, and knowledge.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky ... most any Russian nationalist composer. Mahler is also a favorite ... I'm a sucker for the Romantics!