Bassoon

Robert George

Principal

Robert George joined LSO and U of L Conservatory in 1993 and is our current Principal Bassoonist. He is founder and music director of the IAM Music Society. Robert studied at the Universities of Lethbridge, Calgary and Arizona. Mr. George is actively involved in research regarding the musician/athlete and healthy performance practice. Robert has three adult children, Catherine (Principle Bass in LSO), Laura and Allison and two grandchildren. His hobbies include racquetball, cycling and golf.

Timothy Janzen

also Contrabassoon

Timothy Janzen started playing the Bassoon in grade grade 7 and quickly joined Robert George’s Bassoon studio. Tim continued to study Bassoon with Bob throughout grade school and got his first opportunity to perform with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra when he turned 16 (1999). 

In 2001, he was given the role of 2nd Bassoon and has had pleasure to sit beside his instructor/mentor in the Bassoon section ever since. Tim also plays the contrabassoon parts as required, and is in his 8th year as the Orchestra Musician’s representative to the Board of Directors. 

Tim attended the University of Lethbridge, completing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.  He currently works for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, participating in both Research and Diagnostic testing roles for the Government of Canada.