DSO member since 1992
Born in Los Angeles, Marcus Schoon began studying piano at the age of 9 and saxophone at 12. His introduction to bassoon began when his high school concert band lost their only bassoonist to graduation. He quickly volunteered to play bassoon and was soon involved in high school honor bands and orchestras throughout southern California.
Marcus graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance, studying with noted professor Norman Herzberg. Marcus went on to receive his Master of Music degree as a woodwind specialist at the Eastman School of Music. During his stay at Eastman, he received the Performers Certificate in bassoon, and was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1984, Marcus became Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Ballet. He later added the positions of Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Second Bassoon of the Cleveland Opera and Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and Chairman of the woodwind department of the Cleveland Music School Settlement. He also played extra with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony. While in Cleveland, Marcus studied bassoon and contrabassoon with the Cleveland Orchestra bassoon section—notably with David McGill, Principal Bassoon, and contrabassoonist Stan Maret. Marcus became contrabassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 1992.
Marcus also frequently plays the saxophone in the orchestra. Classical and pops concerts have often featured his abilities in saxophone, jazz and woodwinds. Marcus has studied jazz with Joe Farrell and Chris Collins. A member of the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Marcus teaches contrabassoon at Wayne State University. Marcus also teaches a Woodwind Techniques class and is Professor of Bassoon at Oakland University. In his spare time, he operates a martial school in Madison Heights (www.anshinkandojo.com) and is an avid golfer.