Andrea Sematoske-Rohm, originally from Syracuse, New York, began playing the bassoon at age 11. Three years later, she was the first woodwind accepted into the Peabody Preparatory Arts for Talented Youth Program. She went on to study bassoon performance at the Eastman School of Music and holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
She has performed with numerous orchestras including the Maui Pops Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Sematoske-Rohm is currently the principal bassoonist with the Pacific Fleet Navy Band on Oahu. Her previous military band positions include serving as the bassoon instructor and subject matter expert for the Armed Forces School of Music and principal bassoon of the Army Band at Fort Monroe.
Bassoon performance has taken her to nearly two dozen countries, including a 2015 humanitarian mission with her woodwind quintet, the Tradewinds, visiting the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.
Ms. Sematoske-Rohm studied bassoon with Phillip Kolker, John Hunt and David Van Hoesen. She has studied under other notable musicians Richard Killmer, Marin Alsop, Leon Fleisher, Gustav Meier, and Donald Hunsberger.
She is the 2004 recipient of the American Bassoon Company Prize.
Ms. Sematoske-Rohm lives in Honolulu with her husband, Andrew, and their two dogs.