Dr. Cayla Bellamy currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Northern Iowa, where she teaches courses in applied bassoon, chamber music, woodwind literature, and music education techniques. She is also a core bassoonist and contrabassoonist with wcfsymphony and a member of the Kairos Trio, an Iowa-based trio d’anches with colleagues Drs. Amanda McCandless and Heather Peyton. With this ensemble, Cayla has been invited to perform at both regional and national conferences for the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, in addition to the international premieres of three American duos for bassoon and alto saxophone at the 2017 College Music Society International Conference in Sydney, Australia with Dr. Ann Bradfield.
Cayla released her debut album, “Double or Nothing,” in September 2018 in collaboration with Navy Field Band bassoonist J. Benjamin Smith, highlighting contemporary works by living composers for solo and duo bassoon. Her premiere recording of Alex Shapiro’s “Deep” was selected for inclusion in the Mark Masters label 2018 compilation album Mark Moods, Vol. 1, and she will also soon be heard on William Ludwig’s solo and chamber music album A Bassoonists’ World.
As a conductor, Cayla spends her summers as Conductor and Chamber Music Coordinator for the New York Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies and has previously served as Associate Conductor of the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. In this capacity, she can be seen with the Northern Iowa Chamber Symphony this semester, performing Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and has previously rehearsal conducted for the UNI Opera production of Susannah. Cayla has also held educational positions as Director of the Intermediate Girls Division at Interlochen Arts Camp, Director of Bands at Title I Snellville Middle School (GA), wind and percussion coach for the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony (GA), and coach for the Indiana University undergraduate chamber music program.
Cayla holds a Doctor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance and Literature from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in addition to Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Bassoon Performance from the University of Georgia, where she was distinguished as a National Presser Scholar. Cayla’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, International Double Reed Society, National Association for Wind and Percussion Instructors, Phi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi (Kappa Mu). In addition to regular membership activities, she serves on the executive board for the Midwest Double Reed Society as Publication Editor. Cayla performs on a Fox 201 paired with a Wolf-Grundmann bocal, and you can find out more about her online at www.caylabellamy.com.