Chief Musician Micahla Hendrix
A Minnesota native, Chief Musician Micahla Hendrix received a Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2008 and a Master of Music in bassoon performance from Yale University in 2010. Her primary teachers include J. Christopher Marshall, Richard Svoboda and Dr. Frank Morelli.
Hendrix was the 2007 Boston Woodwind Society Competition winner, and a semi-finalist in the Meg Quigley International Vivaldi Competition in 2010. She has been a guest recitalist at the International Double Reed Society Convention and the Midwest Clinic International Band Conference. Hendrix has performed with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Players of Washington D.C. She has also appeared with the Air Force Band of Liberty, Navy Fleet Forces Band, and Navy Band Washington, D.C. as bassoonist and contrabassoonist.
Hendrix auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band in 2012. Following recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, she reported to Annapolis in 2013 where she serves as bassoon instrumentalist in chamber winds, wind trio, ceremonial units, and the wind ensemble. She also plays cymbals in the marching band. Her collateral duties include Wind Trio Unit Leader, Command Career Counselor and Assistant Command Fitness Leader. At the command level, she is the USNA Funeral Detail Leader Chief Petty Officer.
Hendrix's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (three awards), and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal.