Ian Bell

BM-Music Education, University of Mount Union; MM-Music, University of Akron; DMA-Bassoon, The Ohio State University (2019)
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • Applied Bassoon
Courses - Spring
  • Applied Bassoon


Dr. Ian Bell is the Instructor of Bassoon at Marietta College, as well as a freelance bassoonist in Northeast and Central Ohio. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in 2019, under the guidance of Karen Pierson. During his time at OSU, he held a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship, as well a Graduate Associateship, in which he taught bassoon method courses, reed classes, and taught private lessons on both bassoon and contrabassoon.

As an active performer, he has played with Alliance Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, New Albany Orchestra, Newark-Granville Symphony, Stow Symphony, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, and the Heizy Wind Ensemble. An advocate for chamber music, Dr. Bell has been involved in chamber ensembles for nearly a decade. Currently, he is involved with Tour d’Anches Woodwind Trio and the faculty woodwind quintet at Heidelberg University.

At Ohio State, he was involved with DIS trio and the Timbre Woodwind Quintet, which opened for the Berlin Philharmonic. During his master's degree program, he spent two years traveling across Ohio putting on children’s concerts to underprivileged elementary and middle schools. In addition to his position as an instructor of bassoon at Marietta College, Dr. Bell is also the bassoon professor at Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Mount Union. He also has an active private bassoon studio
comprised of middle and high school students in Northeast Ohio.