Gerik Fon-Revutzky

Bassoon Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Gerik attended CSU Sacramento and received his Bachelor's Degree in Bassoon Performance with secondary emphasis in Conducting in 1998. He also attneded Northwestern University where he earned his Master's Degree in Bassoon Performance with secondary emphasis in Orchestral Conducting in 2000.

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. 

Awards and achievements: 

Not only is Gerik the Founder of CBTS (Chicagoland Bassoon Teachers Symposium), but from 2014-2016 he is serving as the substitute second bassoonist for the Rockford Symphony. He also regularly performs on both bassoon and contrabassoon with numerous other area orchestras, and is on the sub list of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Gerik has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under the batons of Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim. Gerik has toured and performed extensively both nationally and internationally including Russia, Finland, England and Canada.

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 quote: 

"You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail." -- Charlie Parker

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!

Favorite musical moment: 

performing the Dvorak Wind Serenade with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra