After experimenting as a clarinetist, bassoonist, pianist, percussionist, drum major, composer, conductor, and basketball center-forward before college; Jim decided to focus on studying bassoon performance at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he received his bachelor's degree. Then, while performing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, he earned masters' degrees in bassoon performance and music theory/composition at Wichita State University. He has also held positions with orchestras such as the Annapolis and Kenosha Symphonies, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Currently, Mr. Westhoff performs with the Jackson and Adrian Symphony Orchestras in southeast Michigan. He substitutes regularly with the Ann Arbor, Flint, and Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestras and is the bassoon instructor at Concordia University. His summers are spent at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center for young musicians in Door County, Wisconsin as an Associate Faculty member and Assistant Program Director. Jim is also a full-time dad to his beautiful, yet goofy, daughter and adorable, yet stubborn, son.

Jim Westhoff