Benjamin Atherholt teaches bassoon in the School of Music. He is the director of NOLA Chamber Fest and the music coordinator for Lyrica Baroque, both in New Orleans. He is also the contrabassoonist and assistant principal bassoonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer he serves as the contrabassoonist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York.


  • Held teaching positions at Tulane University and Loyola University, and has facilitated masterclasses and residencies at UNCSA, University of South Alabama, Texas Music Festival and University of Southern Mississippi
  • Served as a private bassoon instructor, and has worked with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra and the Young Artist Academy
  • Performed with Houston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra North Carolina Opera Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, among others


B.M. MusicOberlin Conservatory