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Joshua Elmore

Joshua Elmore is the principal bassoonist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Joshua has performed with many orchestras around the United States including The New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and Charleston Symphony, and performed a side-by-side collaboration at Carnegie Hall with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Before joining the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Joshua completed his professional studies certificate at the Colburn School in Los Angeles as a student of Richard Beene. Joshua was a Kovner Fellow graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied under Judith LeClair and appeared often as principal bassoon of The Juilliard Orchestra. Joshua has been a member of The New York String Orchestra Seminar and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, and the National Orchestra Institute where he recorded a grammy-nominated orchestral album with NAXOS.

Originally from Cleveland, Joshua began his official bassoon studies with Mark DeMio before joining the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Barrick Stees. During his high school years, Joshua was principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and regularly rehearsed and performed in Severance Hall. Joshua was a member of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA) where he toured China and Europe with Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach. Joshua has also performed on NPR’s From The Top and was selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In 2022, Joshua served as the Principal Bassoon for the Gateways Music Festival for their Carnegie Hall debut as the first All-African American Orchestra to perform at the Hall.