Marissa Olegario begins her appointment as principal bassoon of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the 2023-2024 season. She is currently assistant professor of bassoon at the University of Arizona and was nominated for the 2021 Five Star Faculty Award. She has performed with numerous orchestras across the country including San Diego Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony and during the summers she is second bassoon of Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. Other summer engagements include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival and Castleton Music Festival. She has appeared as soloist with the Sierra Vista Symphony, Tucson Repertory Orchestra, the Arizona Symphonic Winds and the Northshore Concert Band. An avid chamber musician, she has presented recitals at the International Double Reed Society Conference and the Meg Quigley International Bassoon Symposium as well as at festivals including clasclas Festival (Spain), Phoenix Chamber Society, Yale in New York Concert Series. ChatterABQ, and in many concerts with the YouTube sensation Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet. Olegario can be heard on NAXOS, New World, and Soundset record labels. Utilizing music as a conduit to connect with her community, Olegario has partnered with organizations such as Tucson’s Beyond Foundation, Dance for Parkinson’s, and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona on various projects. She received degrees from Northwestern University (BM), Yale School of Music (MM) and SUNY Stony Brook (DMA).