Mason von Bargen, Bassoon

Mason von Bargen is currently a student at UW-Madison studying basson with Marc Vallon. Before studying at UW-Madison, Mason studied at UW-Milwaukee with Beth Giacobassi, who he had previously studied with during high school. Mason has previously participated in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's 2017 "Stars of Tomorrow" concerto competition, participating in the semifinal rounds. Mason is currently participating in the 2022 Irving Shain Piano and Woodwind Duo competition and is preparing to perform his senior recital this spring.

When not practicing bassoon or making reeds, Mason enjoys spending time with his wife Valerie, their two rabbits named Snicker and Mochi, their cat named Boots, and their hamster named Pumpkin Muffin. he also enjoys cooking, baking and spending time outdoors.