KYLE OLSEN 21, born in Portland, Oregon, currently studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the tutelage of Benjamin Kamins. In 2009, Mr. Olsen first began studying bassoon with Carin Miller-Packwood, the principal bassoonist of the Oregon Symphony. During that time, Mr. Olsen was the principal bassoonist of both the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Portland Youth Philharmonic. Mr. Olsen has attended music festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, Curtis Summerfest, and Tanglewood Institute. Additionally, Mr. Olsen has enjoyed solo performances with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Youth Philharmonic.