|Country||United States of America|
|Occupation||Composer, Conductor, Performer, Musicologist|
|Categories||Classical, Contemporary, Minimalist, Neoclassical, New Age, Other, Vocal|
CHARLES KAUFMANN, a Maine resident since the mid-1970s, is founding artistic director of The Longfellow Chorus. His award-winning setting of Longfellow’s poem Snow-Flakes--the formative opus of The Longfellow Chorus--has been performed by numerous choruses since its premiere at the first Longfellow Choral Festival in 2007. From 1985–1990 he was second and substitute assistant principal bassoonist with the Bergen, Norway, Philharmonic, one of Europe’s oldest orchestras and an organization associated with both Ole Bull and Edvard Grieg. In Norway, he recorded solo bassoon works for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the Aurora Norwegian Contemporary Music label. His first composition, Inquiry into the Death of Cock Robin, was premiered with some acclaim in the Bergen Kunstmuseum in 1987, followed not long after by Dorothea’s Welcome Song : Variations on a Theme by Dorothea Engelbrechtsdatter (1634–1716). Since 1990, Kaufmann has served as organist and choral director in several large churches in Maine and New Hampshire, including South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, Maine; the Congregational Church of Exeter, New Hampshire; South Church Unitarian Universalist in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and First Parish in Portland, the boyhood church of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. As a freelance modern bassoonist, Kaufmann has performed as principal bassoonist in nearly every regional orchestra in New England. As a specialist in historic bassoon performance, he has concertized professionally in period instrument ensembles throughout the United States, and in Mexico, Canada and Europe, most recently with the Baroque Orchestra of Maine (BOOM) in Brooklin, Maine.