Ivy Ringel is the Principal Bassoon of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra. In addition to her work with the Atlanta Opera, she is the Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at Morehouse College. Ivy is an active freelance bassoonist across the Southeast, performing with orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Symphoria, and the New World Symphony. She is a grand prize winner of the 2014 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and the 2016 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition.
Ivy is a passionate advocate for chamber music and music education. A recent project is founding the ensemble “Threeplustwo” with her siblings Lowell and Evan Ringel, as well as friends David Leon and Jonah Udall. Threeplustwo is a quintet that combines its’ members jazz, classical and folk influences in both written and improvised compositions to create a new and unique sound. Ivy is additionally a musician and administrator at the Rossini Club, a chamber music organization based in Nantucket, MA that uses multidisciplinary presentations to share classical and contemporary music with a wider audience. Current educational projects of hers include running a private studio in the Atlanta area, and teaching bassoon masterclasses in several Fulton County schools, including Taylor Road, Hopewell, and Webb Bridge Middle Schools, and Northview High School.
Ivy is from Hillsborough, North Carolina, where she began studying the violin at age 5 before switching to the bassoon at age 11. During high school, Ivy studied with Michael Burns, professor of bassoon at UNC-Greensboro. Ivy then earned her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with John Hunt and Charlie Bailey. She is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she earned her Master of Music degree studying with Benjamin Kamins. Her other non-musical interests include cooking, camping, reading, and attending live music shows of all genres.