Jonathan Castillo

Bassoonist. Pianist. Educator.

A bit about myself...

Jonathan (b. 1992, Houston, Texas) is the principal bassoonist for the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra where he has twice been featured as a soloist. He is also second bassoonist for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and is a sub for the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Corpus Christi Symphony. 

When he is not playing the bassoon, he is an enthusiastic pianist and organist for churches and for musical theatre. As a collaborative pianist, Jonathan has performed with numerous theaters in the greater Houston area including Theatre Under the Stars and the Texas Repertory Theatre. He is a skilled accompanist for both vocal and instrumental music with a diverse education in style and genre and has served as a student accompanist at Baylor University playing for both solo musicians and for chamber music. Jonathan also works as freelance accompanist in both Houston and Austin, Texas. In 2015, alongside friend and colleague Ally McGehee, Jonathan helped to create an annual musical theatre camp for children ages 7-14 in the North Houston area. 

While most of his life is consumed by music (okay, reed making), he also is a certified personal trainer, coaches indoor cycling classes, and loves to binge watch the latest Netflix craze! 

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music degree ('14) in bassoon performance from Baylor University and  a Master of Music ('17) degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he was under the tutelage of Dr. Ann Shoemaker and Kristin Wolfe Jensen, respectively.

My "set-up"
I play on a Püchner Model 6000 finished and purchased in 2012. I use a number 2 Heckel, nickel plated, C bocal. My reeds are shaped with a Herzberg style shaper from Ken Potsic.