Anthony Anurca, plays second bassoon and contrabassoon in his hometown orchestra,the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He grew up in Jacksonville Beach and first started playing bassoon at the age of 12. He played in the the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra and is the first alumni to become a core member of the JSO.
He studied with William Winstead and Martin James at the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music, where he obtained his B.M in 2003. After undergraduate studies, Mr. Anurca, was a fellow with the New World Symphony, from 2004-2007, under the direction of, Michael Tilson Thomas. During those summers, he attended the Aspen Music Festival as an AACA fellow, where he studied with Nancy Goeres and worked with many young conductors and their mentor, David Zinman. He also attended the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston,SC. He was the alternate finalist for the IDRS Fox-Gillet bassoon competition in 2006.
After his fellowship with NWS, he moved back to Jacksonville and freelanced with various orchestras across the Southeastern US including: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera,Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Southwest Florida Orchestra, and Naples Philharmonic. In 2009, he won a one-year position playing associate principal/utility, and contrabassoon with the Kansas City Symphony. In 2010, he was appointed second bassoon at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and at the end of the season, won his position in a national audition. in 2011, he joined the EMF faculty as the contrabassoonist. In 2014, he started on the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. One of his favorite pastimes is watching his cat, Crystal, chase reed string.