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Oboe Holiday 2006

June 19-23

Class Schedule*

Monday, June 19, 1-4 PM

1:00 PM            Posture and Alignment

2:30 PM            Rhythmic Studies

3:00 PM            Repertoire Class


Tuesday, June 20, 1-4 PM

1:00 PM            Breathing 101

2:30 PM            Rhythmic Studies

3:00 PM            Repertoire Class


Wednesday, June 21, 1-4 PM

1:00 PM            Selecting a new/used oboe

Presented by Sharon Lindquist (from Sharon’s Oboe Shoppe)

2:30 PM            Rhythmic Studies

3:00 PM            Repertoire Class


Thursday, June 22, 1-4 PM

1:00 PM            Oboe Maintenance and Repairs

Presented by Brian Seaton (formerly of OboeWorks and Covey Oboes)

2:30 PM            Introduction to Reed-Making


Friday, June 23, 1-4 PM

1:00 PM            How to Practice

2:00 PM            Tackling the English horn

2:30 PM            Breathing 101

3:00 PM            Repertoire Class


Friday, June 23, 7:30 PM

7:30 PM            Participant Recital and Reception


* Class schedule subject to change.


Oboe Holiday 2006 Class Description and Fees**

By class: see each class listed

By day: $40 per day

Entire series: $200


Breathing 101 (Tuesday, June 20, 1 PM; Friday, June 23 @ 2:30 PM) 2 hours total $30

Materials: Information packet, Breath Builder ($15), Conable: The Structures

and Movement of Breathing ($8)

This class will cover Body Mapping of the breathing apparatus to gain awareness of movement during breathing, as well as develop breathing skills for performance, greater focus and relaxation…good for the performer and non-performer alike! Learn the essentials of a three-part breath, as well as the use and function of our three diaphragms. Exercises on the Breath Builder will demonstrate how to develop better breath control. Multiple exercises will teach participants how to free the breath.


How to Practice (Friday, June 23 @ 1 PM) 1 hour total $15

Materials: Information packet, metronome

Growth as a musician requires being able to break down challenging passages so they can be breezed through in performance. Learning how to gain a clearer focus will enable participants to tackle what’s put in front of them. TICK-TOCK…Let’s make friends with that metronome!


Introduction to Reed-Making (Thursday, June 22 @ 2:30 PM) 1.5 hours $22

Materials: Information packet and an inquiring mind!

Reed-making is an essential part of an oboist’s skills. I will give an overview demonstration of how to make an oboe reed from scratch to finish, from pure bamboo to a playable reed. Each stage will be demonstrated and discussed. This preliminary class is ideal for inexperienced students who want to take Sherie Aguirre’s reed classes, or for those who are interested in making reeds but are uncertain about what may be required. Students who already have some reed-making skills will get a great review of what’s involved. If time permits, a discussion of store-bought reeds versus handmade reeds will help participants gain a deeper understanding of what works best for them.


Oboe Maintenance and Repairs (Thursday, June 22 @ 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours $22

Materials: Information packet, oboe/reeds, screwdriver and cigarette paper

Presented by Brian Seaton, formerly of OboeWorks in Washington, DC, and of Paul Covey Oboes in Atlanta, GA. This class will cover the essentials of instrument care and maintenance, as well as making some of your own adjustments. Brian is available outside of class for instrument repair services during Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Take advantage of this great opportunity by reserving time to have your instrument reviewed, adjusted and repaired, if necessary. (Payments are to be made directly to Brian Seaton for any repair work done outside of class. Participants who sign up for the full class schedule will get a 15% discount on repairs….WOOHOO!)


Posture and Alignment (Monday, June 19, 1:00 PM) 1.5 hours $22

Materials: Information packet and your body!

Learn the essential six points of body alignment and the movement of our spine during performance…all to enhance your breathing and performing abilities. This will teach you how to sit up straight, and with awareness!


Repertoire Class (Monday, June 19, Tuesday, June 20, Wednesday, June 21 & Friday, June 23 @

3 PM) 4 hours $60

Materials: Information packet, music, oboe/reeds….and all your nerves!

Participants will be given opportunities to perform their prepared selections with a professional accompanist. Constructive criticisms from everyone attending will help each performer overcome performance nerves, recognize growth patterns and feel supported by colleagues.


Rhythmic Studies (Monday, June 19, Tuesday, June 20 & Wednesday, June 21 @ 2:30 PM)

1.5 hours $22

Materials: Bona: Rhythmical Studies, metronome

Participants will learn how to use a metronome, how to count with accuracy through the use of subdivisions, demonstrate conducting patters and ultimately demonstrate three separate rhythms at once!


Selecting a new/used oboe (Wednesday, June 21 @ 1 PM) 1.5 hours $22

Materials: Information packet, oboe/reeds

Sharon Lindquist of Sharon’s Oboe Shoppe in Richmond, VA, a leading oboe dealer in the country, will bring several new and used oboes to discuss how to select an instrument. If you are ever interested in purchasing or selling an oboe, this class is not to be missed. Don’t be surprised if you like what she has brought…Parents, hold onto your checkbooks!!!


Student Recital and Reception (Friday, June 23 @ 7:30 PM)

Materials: Delicious treats, budding oboists, family and friends, oboe and music….and, of course, your best reeds!

This performance is the culmination point, thus enabling participants to use the information that they have absorbed during the week. Participants will perform selections worked on during the repertoire class. Reception to follow…this is our final showcase of our young starlets!


Tackling the English horn (Friday, June 23 @ 2 PM) 30 minutes $8

Materials: Information packet, big hands and an even bigger breath!

Finally, everyone who has been asking about playing the English horn will get to try it. Several instruments will be brought in to facilitate this class, allowing an opportunity for all to experience the challenges and pleasures that I get to face everyday on this unique instrument. Quickly learn how to make a solid sound with greater ease.

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