Joyce Besch, M.M.

Adjunct Instructor of Music - Bassoon
(402) 465-2285
jbesch [at]
Rogers Fine Arts 103

Joyce Besch currently holds the position of third bassoon/contrabassoon in Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Joyce also performs with Nebraska Chamber Players, Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Municipal Band, and is a member of Great Plains Chamber Winds. Before coming to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2006, Joyce was an active free-lance bassoonist in Toronto, Ontario. There she held the second bassoon position with Niagara Symphony and performed with several area orchestras, including Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and Oshawa-Durham Symphony. Some of her more notable bassoon performances include backing up rock bands The Moody Blues and Kansas, and playing “Happy Trails” on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Joyce also taught bassoon and aural skills at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan from 2005-2006 and has given master classes in contrabassoon at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.


Joyce has studied bassoon with Laine Bryce and Carole Mason-Smith in St. Paul, MN, Yoshi Tominaga in Salzburg, Austria, and Linda Harwell in Baltimore, MD. She has received degrees from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota (B.A. Music Ed.) and from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M. Performance).