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Myles Mingyuan Yang was the First Prize winner at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Young Artist Bassoon Competition held at the University of Redlands, California in June 2013. Yang is a doctoral candidate and the associate bassoon instructor at Indiana University. He earned his Master of Music from Yale University and Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University. His primary teachers included William Ludwig, Kathleen McLean, Frank Morelli, and Wendy Rose. He was one of the three winners in the WMU School of Music both 54th and 56th Annual Concerto Competition. His performance of Mozart bassoon concerto in B-flat major and Hummel bassoon concerto in F major with university orchestra were both broadcasted by National Public Radio Station (WMUK). He also performed Concerto in e minor by Vivaldi at the IDRS conference 2013. He became a member of the International Double Reed Society in 2013 and he was invited to become a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society) in April 2016. He is also the owner of Myles Music & Art, LLC and Myles Bassoon™.
As a bassoon teacher, he is the associate bassoon instructor at Indiana University. He taught secondary bassoon lessons at Yale University school of music and worked at Yale Music in Schools Initiative as a teaching artist in local K12 schools. He was also a bassoon faculty in Indianapolis Metropolitan School District. In his orchestra career, Yang worked with many leading conductors including Peter Oundjian, Marin Alsop, Ludovic Morlot, David Robertson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and many more. He currently holds the principal bassoon position at Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Iowa; the Second bassoon with Lansing Symphony, Michigan, and Acting second with Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Indiana. He also serves as a member of the DSO diversity, equity, and inclusivity committee.
Yang is a scholarly arranger and editor of modern performing editions and creates new solo repertoire for the bassoon. He recently finished arranging all eight Mozart wind concertos for bassoon and was published by Potenza Music. His achievements in expanding bassoon repertoire and his innovative ways of reed making were reported by the major newspapers in China, such as Chutian Metropolitan Daily, Orient Today, Zhengzhou Evening News, Shandong Business Daily, and Music Weekly.
Yang is a founding staff member of the National Youth Orchestra – China. He worked with the orchestra for many years and he is the current orchestra manager of NYO China.