Dr. Thea Groth is a bassoonist, educator, and clinician based in Northfield, MN. Early in her career she discovered a passion for musician's health and wellness. During her doctoral work, Groth studied performance-related injuries in instrumental musicians, the basis of her dissertation "Musician's Maintenance: A Scientific Approach to Healthy Practice Techniques for Optimal Performance." Groth lectures and leads workshops teaching injury awareness and prevention.
As a performer, Groth has performed on stages throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Currently the Principal Bassoonist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Groth is a former member of Ensemble 212, Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, founding member of Chione Quintet, and has made numerous freelance appearances with Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Amore Opera, Savannah Philharmonic, Greater Newburgh, Bergen, St. Cloud, and South Dakota Symphony Orchestras. Groth has recorded with The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, and trombone soloist Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, on Passaggi, released on the Naxos Wind Band Classics label.
Groth has served as faculty at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil, and now maintains a private teaching studio in Northfield, MN in addition to teaching at Luther College. As a passionate educator, Groth is both a founder and the executive director of Whole Notes, an organization committed to breaking through barriers to provide students access to instrumental music instruction, and bringing high-caliber professional music to small communities outside the metropolitan area. For more information, visit www.wholenotesmusic.org.
Dr. Groth holds both a BM and DMA from the The Hartt School and a MM from The Manhattan School of Music.