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Fernando Traba

Adjunct Faculty - Bassoon


To give my students the necessary tools so that when they leave FSC, they can become their own teachers and further their growth as musicians.

-Fernando Traba

Music Building - 142



Fernando Traba, Principal Bassoon of the Sarasota Orchestra, has been on the faculty of the Music Department at Florida Southern College since 2000.

A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Mr. Traba has served as Principal Bassoon of Sarasota Orchestra since 1992. Prior to assuming that position, he held posts as Principal Bassoon with all five major orchestras in Mexico City, as well as the Orquesta del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain, the National Opera Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City. He has performed many of the major bassoon concertos with orchestras in Mexico, Europe and the United States.  An avid chamber musician, Mr. Traba has been a member of the Sarasota Wind Quintet since 1992.  He has also performed with The Instrumenta Music Festival in Puebla, Mexico, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and is a regular guest artist with ChamberFest Cleveland.

Mr. Traba holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music and has done postgraduate work at the Juilliard School.  In addition to his orchestral duties and teaching positions, he has edited and provided the Spanish language translation for the 2nd edition of Bassoon Reed Making: Basic Technique by Christopher Weait.


  • Bachelor of Music: The Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Master of Music: The Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Advanced Certificate: The Juilliard School


  • National Youth Music Award - Mexico City, Mexico