Michael Allard was appointed Second Bassoon to Houston Grand Opera Orchestra in 2019. Previously, Michael maintained an active freelancing and teaching career in the Dallas area. Growing up in Siloam Springs, AR, he received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University and his Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University. Michael’s primary teachers were Wilfred Roberts, Bill Buchman, and Miles Maner. When not playing the bassoon Michael enjoys playing chess and listening to audiobooks.