Bassoonist Gina Cuffari is a dynamic and versatile musician who performs a variety of roles in the New York City area as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, new music advocate, and educator. She is the co-principal bassoonist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, where in addition to performing and recordings with the ensemble, she has been an active participant in its community engagement programs such as Access Orpheus (teaching at NYC public schools) and the Reflections program (performing for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers). As a chamber musician, she is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, performs throughout New England with the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players, and has had recent engagements with the Exponential Ensemble, Tertulia Ensemble, and Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, California. She has a keen interest in new music and has endeavored to support composers throughout her career. She has been a longtime collaborator with Alarm Will Sound, and has commissioned and premiered several new works with her ensembles Sylvan Winds, Quintet of the Americas, Trio Cabrini, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In an ongoing personal project, she has commissioned and premiered works that combine her two passions—singing and playing the bassoon—into one performing experience. Composers writing for her include Sunny Knable, Gregg August, and Jenni Brandon. As an educator, Cuffari currently holds positions at New York University and Western Connecticut State University where she teaches bassoon, coaches chamber music, and teaches a variety of other classes.