The Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald S. Hudson Chair

Serving as principal bassoonist since 1971, John Pederson is a native of Milwaukee and a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied with Wilbur Simpson and Willard Elliot of the Chicago Symphony. He also attended State University of New York at Binghamton where he studied with Arthur Weisberg.

Mr. Pederson has previously performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist numerous times with the North Carolina Symphony. He is currently a faculty member in the Music Department at UNC-Chapel Hill and has previously taught at North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Duke University, and the Governor’s School of North Carolina.