Nathaniel (Nate) Hale is a performing member of the Chicago Philharmonic and Principal Bassoon of the Kenosha Symphony. He has been freelancing on bassoon and contrabassoon in the Chicago area since 2009, and has performed extensively with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Prior to living in the Chicago area, he was a bassoonist with Scandinavia orchestras and was a Fellow with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami Beach, Florida.
Nate was drawn to the joy of performing classical music as a high schooler through the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra program. Though accepted to Yale University, Nate accepted a full-tuition scholarship to attend his hometown University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he then studied bassoon under Richard Lottridge. Nate then became a winner of the UW-Madison School of Music’s Concerto Competition in 1995, and that following summer also won the Aspen Music Festival’s Woodwind Concerto Competition under the tutelage of Norwegian bassoonist Per Hannevold. He soon after pursued a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, studying with bassoonist Frank Morelli, and took summer engagements with the Tanglewood Music Center, the European Academy of Music at Aix-En-Provence (France), The Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and The Netherlands Youth Orchestra.
Nate has recently discovered a knack for improv comedy, and his other interests include biblical theology, counseling, birdwatching, golfing and any other sport or game where he doesn’t have to worry about hurting his fingers.