Ivy Ringel

Ivy Ringel is the recently appointed Principal Bassoon of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her time in Indianapolis, Ms. Ringel served as the Principal Bassoon of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. As an active freelance musician and teacher in the Atlanta area, she held a teaching position at Morehouse College, and taught masterclasses at Columbus State University (GA). Ms. Ringel performed regularly with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony.

Originally from Hillsborough, North Carolina, Ms. Ringel earned her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with John Hunt and Charlie Bailey. She then earned her Master of Music degree at Rice University, studying with Benjamin Kamins. When she is not playing the bassoon, Ms. Ringel enjoys cooking, baking bread, live music, and hiking.


Ivy's teaching style is to put the "fun" into fundamentals! Her goal is to give her students a balanced and physically sound approach to the instrument. Lessons will cover fundamentals, etudes, solo repertoire, and reedmaking/adjusting.

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