Cayla Bellamy currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Colorado State University, where teaches courses in applied bassoon (undergraduate and graduate) and chamber music, as well as directs the contemporary music ensembles. She completed the Doctor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance and Literature from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in the spring of 2015, where she studied with William Ludwig. Cayla is also a core bassoonist and contrabassoonist with wcfsymphony and has performed across the United States, as well as maintained an active private studio. Her debut album, Double or Nothing, is comprised of premiere recordings for solo and duo bassoon and available through the Mark Masters label on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Cayla also has substantial backgrounds in education and arts administration. She spends her summers as Conductor for the New York Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies, where she directs the Wind Ensemble and coordinates the chamber music program. Cayla has maintained active involvement in the arts community, previously working with the Bloomington-based Cardinal Stage Company as marketing and sales assistant. A dedicated educator, she also served as Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Northern Iowa and taught freshmen through the Indiana University Groups Program as a university associate instructor. Cayla previously worked as the administrative assistant to the University of Georgia Summer Music Camps, String Project, and Orchestra Festivals and has held positions as Director of the Intermediate Girls Division at Interlochen Arts Camp, Director of Bands at Snellville Middle School in Snellville, Georgia, and Associate Conductor of the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Cayla also holds 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 and invited to perform with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra on a benefit tour for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. While pursuing graduate studies, she also attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for eight weeks of study with Nancy Goeres of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Cayla's professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, and the International Double Reed Society, and she has been honored with inductions into Phi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Kappa Psi. She currently serves on the executive board of the International Double Reed Society as Communications Coordinator.