Coltan Foster is a Musician, Teacher and Arts Administrator. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a BM in Bassoon Performance, studying with Francine Peterson. He was employed by the Seattle Youth Symphony as the Coordinator of their summer music program, the Marrowstone Music Festival, from 2013-2016. He served as Principal Bassoonist of the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2016. In 2018, he earned a Masters of Music from the University of Akron, studying with Cynthia Cioffari, and served as a member of the bassoon section of the Akron Symphony Orchestra for two years. In Spring of 2020 Coltan completed an Artist Diploma at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with William Winstead, Christopher Sales and Martin Garcia.
Coltan is one of the Winds Teaching Artists at MYCincinnati, an El-Sistema inspired youth orchestra program in Cincinnati’s Price Hill neighborhood. He plans to continue to work, teach and freelance in the Cincinnati area while spending as much time back in Washington as possible to visit his niece and nephew, the newest members of the family! In his free time, Coltan enjoys watching Star Trek, the Next Generation and hanging out with his housemate’s cats, Maki and Meera.