Sue Nigro

Elizabeth Heller

Dianne Ryan

Lynette Pralle



The Chicago Bassoon Quartet is comprised of Lynette Pralle, Dianne Ryan, Elizabeth Heller, and Sue Nigro - who also serves as contrabassoonist. Their music library has over 130 selections - in a variety of forms, styles, and arrangements - which produces programs which are eclectic, dynamic, and memorable. The CBQ was originally founded by Sue Nigro in the 1980s and, after a hiatus of several years, made its first "come-back" appearance on May 14, 2014 in the Sounds of the South Loop concert series at the 2nd Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

This successful enterprise was quickly followed up with a performance in October, 2014 at the 1st Annual Chicago Double Reed Festival, where the CBQ was the featured ensemble. Subsequent appearances have taken place at: Harper College (on two separate occasions), York High School, Elmhurst College, Chicago Botanic Garden, Plymouth Place, and the Saint John Brebeuf Church in Niles IL.

The Chicago Bassoon Quartet is actively involved in commissioning and premiering pieces by composers currently writing works for small ensembles. Two compositions have recently been commissioned and premiered by the CBQ: (1) "Clowning Around" by Mark J. Saliba, an Australian composer currently based in Croatia - on April 10, 2015; and (2) "All the Different Moons in All the Different Places Throughout the Year" by P. Kellach Waddle, a composer currently based in Austin TX - on September 13, 2016.

The CBQ is currently accepting engagements for the upcoming season, and invites inquiries about bookings at any time.