Carlos "Felipe" Viña

Instructor of Bassoon

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  • phone (205) 238-1695
  • office location Moody Music Building 106


Carlos Felipe Viña currently serves as Instructor of Bassoon at the University of Alabama. He is an active performer in several professional orchestras in South Florida and the Gulf Coast, having performed with Naples Philharmonic, Opera Naples, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and Palm Beach Symphony, among many others.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Alabama, Dr. Viña served as Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and New World School of the Arts (High School and College Division) in Miami, FL. He is a co-founder of the “Florida Bassoon Bash,” a series of free masterclasses open to all bassoon students and band directors.

Dr. Viña’s students from the institutions above and from his private studio have gone on to study music at The Julliard School, Berklee College of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and University of Denver, among others. His students have participated in NYO, NYO2, Florida All-State Ensembles, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and the Miami Beach Music Festival.

He is a member of “Madera Viva,” a bassoon and percussion duo with Dr. Karli Viña that explores a variety of repertoire from different time periods, genres, and styles, including many adaptations and arrangements created by the duo.

Born in Colombia, he began his musical studies at the Conservatorio de Musica del Tolima in Ibague, his home town. After graduating from the Conservatory of the National University in Colombia, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Lynn University and later a fellowship to attend the University of Miami Frost School of Music as part of the Henry Mancini Institute.

Dr. Viña has been the recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and scholarships, including appearing as a soloist with Orquesta Filarmonica del Valle, Orquesta Sinfonica E.A.F.I.T, and Lynn Philharmonia. He has performed a solo recital as a prize winner on the Lunes de los Jovenes Interpretes from the Luis Angel Arango Library (Bogota, Colombia), and as a concerto soloist as a winner of the youth soloist competition with the Orquesta Filarmonica del Valle (Colombia) and the Lynn University Concerto Competition.

Dr. Viña holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, a Master’s of Music Performance from Lynn University and a Bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.