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Originally from Cali, Colombia, Lia Southern, bassoonist, earned her Bachelors degree in Bassoon Performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia where she studied with Austrian professor and soloist Siegfried Miklin. While in Colombia, she played with the most renowned national orchestras: Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, Orquesta Sinfonica de Colombia, Orquesta de la Opera de Colombia and Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle. She also taught bassoon at the Javeriana University. After graduation, she earned a scholarship to attend the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.
Lia Southern holds a MM from University of Arkansas, where she studied under the direction of national recognized bassoonist and educator Richard Ramey. She also studied with Keith Sweger at Ball State University where she started her doctoral studies, and with Christopher Millard, Gustavo Nuñez and Barry Stees among others.
Lia has given recitals and attended festivals in Colombia, Canada, several cities in the USA, Costa Rica, Finland, Puerto Rico and Ecuador.
In Springfield Lia Southern is at the time the bassoon instructor for Missouri State University. She performs on regular basis with Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony quintet, Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra and Ensemble 21.