Laurie Merz

Studio Artist, Bassoon

Music 25A
CB 311

Laurie Hatcher Merz is in her sixteenth year as Second Bassoon/Contrabassoon in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. She is a busy free-lance player in the Twin Cities, performing with VocalEssence, Minnesota Sinfonia and is a guest artist for the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. An MPR Class Notes Artist, Merz performs educational outreach programs with her wind quintet, the Riverside Quintet. She has been a professor of bassoon at Augsburg University since 2002 and is also on the faculty of Century College.

Merz received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Bassoon Performance with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music with Honors from the University of Minnesota. When not performing, teaching, presenting & adjudicating, Laurie manages a home-based business selling her bassoon reeds to clients around the country.



  • B.M. Eastman School of Music
  • M.M. University of Minnesota