Ryan M. Hare (b. 1970), originally from Reno, Nevada, teaches composition, music theory, and bassoon at Washington State University, where he is a Professor of Music and performs as bassoonist with the Solstice Wind Quintet. He also serves as principal bassoonist for the Yakima Symphony, the Washington Idaho Symphony,
co-principal bassoonist with the Walla Walla Symphony, and performs with the Intermontane Bassoon Trio. Having accepted his first professional performance opportunity on bassoon at age 18, Hare has maintained a very active freelance career and is in demand with numerous ensembles, including many of the leading professional orchestras in the Pacific Northwest. In recent years, Hare has been a regular performing artist at the International Double Reed Society annual conferences, and has performed solo recitals and taught masterclasses all over the U.S. He is a champion of new music, and has performed numerous premieres at a wide array of festivals and contemporary music concerts. A compact disc recording featuring contemporary music for solo bassoon and bassoon with electronics—including seven pieces commissioned by the performer—is available on the Present Sounds label.
Ryan Hare's significant teachers for bassoon include Arthur Grossman, Lee Goodhew, Mike Curtis, and Seth Krimsky.