Composer and bassoonist, Todd Hershberger (b. 1976), holds degrees in music composition from Duke University (AM/2003) and the University of Kansas (BM/2000) and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Todd is active as a performer throughout the Triangle area with both pulsoptional and other performing organizations. During his years at the University of Kansas, he served as the principal bassoonist of the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, bassoonist and assistant conductor of the University of Kansas New Music Ensemble, bassoonist for the Cottonwood Winds Wind Quintet, and frequently performed with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra.
Todd’s compositions reflect his interest and background in jazz and popular music forms. He has studied music composition with Scott Lindroth, Steve Jaffe, Sydney Hodkinson, Michael Sydney Timpson, and Charles Hoag. Todd has written music for solo instruments, electro-acoustic music, and a wide variety of ensembles – including: the Boston-based jazz group the Ben Adams Sextet, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, the University Singers and Men’s Glee Club Choirs of the University of Kansas, and the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra.