Janis McKay, D.M.A.
Division of Brass and Woodwind Studies, Coordinator
Janis McKay is Professor of Bassoon at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Principal Bassoon of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performs as Contrabassoon for the Reno Philharmonic and was for twelve years the Principal Bassoon for the Classical Music Festival in Austria. Dr. McKay has held positions and performed with numerous orchestras; including the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston (WV) Orchestra, the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra among many others. As a free-lance musician in Las Vegas, McKay has performed and/or toured with such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, John Williams, Seth MacFarlane, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, and Tony Bennett.
She has twice been a featured soloist with the International Music Festival in Ukraine, twice with the Classical Music Festival touring Austria and Hungary, and once with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. She may be heard on Summit, d'Note, Starkland Records, and First Edition recordings. Her solo CD, Dark Wind, will be released by Troppo Note Publishing in 2017. She is the author of Played Out on the Strip: The Rise and Fall of Las Vegas Casino Bands (2016), published by the University of Nevada Press. Dr. McKay previously taught at Baylor University, Capital University, the Ohio Wesleyan University, and Wright State University.