Joshua Hood, bassoon instructor at UNCC and bassoonist with the Charlotte Symphony, received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Lewis H. Cooper. He completed his Masters’ degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with Benjamin Kamins, noted teacher and former Principal Bassoonist of the Houston Symphony. Mr Hood joined the Charlotte Symphony immediately after graduating with his masters from Rice. He has also performed with a number of other orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony, Houston Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and the Sphinx Symphony in Detroit MI. He has been a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, Union Symphony and the Charlotte Repertory Symphony. He has performed with several festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, May Music Festival in Charlotte NC, Gateways Music Festival in Rochester NY, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara CA. He is an active chamber musician and has performed with the Summerfest Chamber Music Festival in Kansas City and with the Ritz Chamber Players on the Amelia Island Music Festival in Florida.