William Short was appointed principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012 and will join the faculty of The Juilliard School in fall 2016. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has toured the United States with Curtis on Tour and has performed and taught in Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua with the Philadelphia-based wind quintet Liberty Winds. His performances have been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today and on WHYY’s Onstage at Curtis. Mr. Short has performed and taught at the Lake Tahoe, Mostly Mozart, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Strings, Twickenham, and Verbier Festivals. In 2015 he made his solo debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, performing David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World.A dedicated teacher, Mr. Short has coached students from the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and the New York Youth Symphony. He has presented classes at colleges and conservatories around the country, as well as at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield; and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins.