Music Professor Will Debut “Three Ojibwe Stories” at March 21 Bassoon Recital

Miriam Webber, assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University, will perform traditional works along with a premiere piece that will be unveiled during a free faculty bassoon recital on March 21.

Webber’s recital will be held in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for everyone.

Webber recital will feature the debut of “Three Ojibwe Stories,” composed by Nathan Jones. The piece includes Ojibwe texts that were published in BSU’s “Oshkaabewis Native Journal.” Webber formed the rest of her recital around “Three Ojibwe Stories” to highlight the piece, which was commissioned with BSU and the greater Bemidji community in mind.

“The benefit to music students is clear: Not only is it written to include a student vocalist, Derek Bebeau, it also shows the benefit of new music commissions,” Webber said. “I’m very excited to share the potential for new works with BSU music students.”

Webber said the music in “Three Ojibwe Stories” was written specifically for Bebeau, a senior music education major from Redwood Falls, Minn.

“This is a unique opportunity, as not many professionals have pieces written for them,” she said.

Other pieces Webber will feature in her recital include:

  • “Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon” by Francis Poulenc. Poulenc belonged to Les Six, a group of composers based in Paris who rejected Romanticism and led the neoclassical movement.
  • Contrastes III for Clarinet and Bassoon” (1977) by Eugène Bozza. Bozza wrote many large-scale stage works but is best known outside of France for accessible woodwind and brass pieces. His works are often used to test students and are commonly included in faculty recitals.
  • “Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon” (1975) by Gordon Jacob. Jacob, a renowned composer from the United Kingdom, wrote this piece for a four-minute abstract animated film he produced.
  • “Barang II”, arranged by Dr. Jeremy Wohletz, assistant professor of music at Dickinson State University.

March 21 — 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Bassoon Rectal: Miriam Webber, assistant professor of music, Bemidji State University. Poulenc’s “Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon”; Bozza’s “Contrastes III for Clarinet and Bassoon”; Jacob’s “Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon”; Wohletz’s “Barang II” and “Three Ojibwe Stories” by Nathan Jones. Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Bemidji State University. Admission: free.


Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.