John Clouser joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal bassoon in 1997. His solo appearances with the Orchestra at Severance Hall and Blossom have included Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto and Sinfonia concertante (for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) and Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante (for violin, cello, oboe, and bassoon). He has also appeared in chamber music presentations at Severance Hall. John’s recordings with pianist Elizabeth DeMio of bassoon and piano music by Bernard H. Garfield has received critical acclaim. Find the recordings, here.


  • Philosophy, Gordon College, College of New Jersey
  • Temple University with Bernard Garfield (principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra 1957–2000)

Teaching Experience

Cleveland Institute of Music

Previous faculty experience:

  • McGill University
  • Rhodes College
  • Haverford College