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A unique lecture hosted by the School of Music’s musicology program will bring the sounds of the court of Henry VIII to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Part of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology, Laura Gustafson, a woodwind specialist, will present “Wind Music of the Renaissance: A Lecture-Demonstration of Period Instruments” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Room 145 of the Music Building on the UT Knoxville campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Featuring demonstrations of shawm, crumhorn, schalmei, rauschpfeife, cornamuse, gemshorn, racket, dulcian and chalumeau, Gustafson will give the audience a taste of the music played in Henry VIII’s court in 16th century England.

Gustafson began her wind instrument training in grade school on the clarinet. In college she switched to the bassoon, earning a bachelor’s degree in music, specializing in bassoon performance, from Houghton College in New York.

Gustafson moved to Boston after college and studied bassoon with Sherman Walt, principal bassoon of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in Massachusetts she played with several wind quintets, in a trio with two clarinets, with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Monadnock Chorus and Orchestra in New Hampshire and various other freelance orchestras and ensembles.

In 2004 Gustafson moved to Knoxville, where she plays regularly at the Fountain City Presbyterian Church and recently joined the East Tennessee Concert Band. She plays 19 instruments, 17 of which are wind instruments. For more information about Gustafson, visit

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology brings outstanding scholars and performers from around the country and abroad to campus. These scholars present lectures and interactive workshops that demonstrate the best of their current music research. Many of these lectures are co-sponsored with other areas within the School of Music or other departments of the university. For more information on the series, visit