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Brazilian artist André Januário has developed a multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, and researcher. Holding a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from West Virginia University, he has worked as a bassoonist in Brazil and the United States. Dr. Januário held positions as assistant principal bassoon at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra, as principal bassoon at Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra (OSUCS), and at Theatro São Pedro Chamber Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In the U.S., he has collaborated as a bassoonist in several symphonic ensembles in West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin. As a chamber musician, his performances have been broadcast on WPLN in Nashville, Tennessee - USA, Radio MEC Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, and U92 FM, West Virginia - USA.

Currently based in Montréal, Canada, he is expanding the scope of his previous doctoral research by pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Performance Sciences at McGill University, where he is working on a theoretical framework that proposes how technology can be embedded into the core curriculum of music performance to enhance music training. His research focuses on the implementation of 21st-century technology-based skills into music performance training in higher education institutions.

Throughout his career, Dr. Januário has played under the baton of remarkable maestros such as Kurt Masur, Silvio Barbato, Claude Villaret, Roberto Minczuk, Ligia Amadio, and John Neschling. 

In addition, his career as a conductor includes positions as music director in ensembles such as the University of Caxias do Sul Youth Orchestra and Morgantown Community Orchestra, and eventual collaborations as assistant conductor with the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band in Wisconsin, USA, as well as an active career as a band director in public schools, and choir director in religious institutions.

Combining his artistic and pedagogical experience, Dr. Januário has developed a creative academic curricular framework focused on 21st-century artistic and professional demands.  As a college instructor, he taught in American and Brazilian institutions such as Middle Tennessee State University, Caxias do Sul University School of Music, West Virginia University Community Music Program among other conservatories and music programs.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil, Dr. Januário began his bassoon studies with Noël Devos. He received his B.M. in Bassoon Performance and additional studies in orchestral conducting from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he studied with Aloysio Fagerlande and Ernani Aguiar, respectively. He completed his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Bassoon Performance with Secondary Performance in Conducting at West Virginia University, where his professors were Lynn Hileman, Scott Tobias, Mitchell Arnold, and Kym Scott, respectively.


Bassoonist & Researcher

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