Marissa Takaki

Major: Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Bassoon

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Woodwind Quintet Class of 2019


Marissa Takaki, bassoon, is majoring in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Class of 2019, coached by faculty mentor Robert Weiner.  She studies bassoon privately with Gabriel Beavers.

Marissa Takaki began playing the bassoon in 2008, following 2 years of study on the clarinet. In high school, she studied with Ann Dufek.  Takaki accredits many of her musical opportunities to her youth orchestra of five years, Midwest Young Artists (MYA), where she served as principal of their Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Honors Wind Symphony. She was also a member of the MYA Summer Festival Orchestra and Wind Symphony from 2010-2012.

Marissa has been a part of MYA’s Intensive Woodwind Chamber Music program for the last 5 years with Matt Oliphant and Naomi Bensdorf Frisch as her coaches, including Tatyana Stepanova for the past year. She has served for four years as the principal of the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra, Glenbrook South Symphonic Winds and the ILMEA All-State Honors Band in 2014. She also participated in the Chicago Youth in Music Festival in 2013 and 2015.

Her woodwind quintet, Quintet Finale, was accepted to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Competition. Other competitive achievements include acknowledgment in the 2014 Discover National Chamber Music Competition (Other Instruments Category), 2013 Walgreen’s Concerto Competition (Early Music Category), and the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (Winner, 2014; Honorable Mention, 2013).

Takaki has attended a number of summer festivals through the Brevard Music Institute in 2015, the Interlochen Arts Camp Orchestra and the Advanced Bassoon Institute programs in 2014 as an Emerson Scholar, and in 2013 under scholarship from the CSO Crain-Maling Foundation Youth Auditions. At Interlochen, she served as principal of the Interlochen Philharmonic in 2014, studying primarily with Jeff Keesecker.  She has also attended the Birch Creek Symphony Session in 2011 and 2012, studying with John Gaudette and Jim Westhoff.
Marissa has also worked with notable conductors including Carlos Miguel Prieto, Cliff Colnot, Riccardo Muti, Ken Lam, Keith Lockhart, Dr. Carolyn Watson, Octavio Mas-Arocas, Dr. Allan Dennis, and more.