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Summer Study and Enrichment

We are currently developing a page specifically for double reed resources and learning opportunities. Here is a taste of available opportunities. Additional resources for camps and classes will be coming soon!


Queen City Double Reed Camp

DATE: July 21-25, 2014
LOCATION: Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio
HOST: Double or Nothing Ensemble
TUITION: Day Campers – $375, Residential Campers – $625 


During this energy-filled, highly motivating camp, students of all ability levels will be challenged and inspired by our accomplished double reed staff. Queen City Double Reed Camp is a unique opportunity in the Midwest for double reed students to spend a whole week immersed in musically enriching and mentally engaging activities related specifically to their instrument. At the end of Queen City Double Reed Camp, our students return to their homes and school music programs with new friends, new mentors, new challenges, and a strong desire to make more music and to have more fun doing it.

Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to: Participate in master classes, Learn basic reed making techniques, Play chamber music, Receive small group and individual instruction, Perform in a culminating recital. Our guests in 2013 included: Lon Bussell (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Carol Aufman (Bassoonist with Richmond Symphony and Bassoon Teacher at CCM Preparatory Department), Mark Ostoich (Professor of Oboe, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music), Julie Fuqua (Free Lance Oboist and Music Educator)

Midwest Oboe and Bassoon Camp

DATE: June 15-20, 2014
LOCATION: Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio
HOST: Lisa Sayre, Lisa Grove, Joe Hesseman


Midwest Oboe Camp is a comprehensive residency camp dedicated to the education of double reed players.  While at camp, students will be exposed daily to our staff of professional double reed artists through a variety of master classes, private lessons, reed making classes, and chamber music coaching.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, our camp is designed to meet your needs and help you grow as an oboist or bassoonist as well as a musician.

Special Guest for the week is Dr. Mark Ostoich, Professor of Oboe University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and Operation O.B.O.E. Camp

DATE: June 15-20, 2014  
LOCATION: Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
HOST: Christin Schillinger, professor of bassoon, Andrea Ridilla, professor of oboe, & Bocal Majority
TUITION: $295 for commuter students, $595 for residential


This is a great event to come learn reed-making and adjusting, play some great double-reed chamber music and get to work with some amazing faculty members and guest artists! Residential students get to stay in the lovely and modern Maplestreet dorm in double occupancy, air-conditioned rooms.  Adult male and female RAs stay in the dorms for 24 access and supervision, including our camp manager. There will be an all-camp recital on the last day of camp. Friends and family are invited to attend.


Robert Atherholt Masterclass Series

DATE: May 28-31, 2014
LOCATION: Ball State University
HOST: Aryn Sweeney
TUITION: $500 Participant, $300 Auditor

Ball State University’s School of Music is proud to host the impressive teacher and oboist Robert Atherholt. Join us for four full days of classes!  The series will close with a recital by Atherholt on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Performance Hall.

Learn from one of the most highly respected orchestral oboists in the world. Throughout the four-day event, Atherholt will coach participants on orchestral literature and solo repertoire for the English horn. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers on topics such as instruments, equipment, and audition and practice techniques.

Atherholt will walk participants through his process and share some invaluable insights for improved reed making. Reeds will be inspected and worked on under a projector to provide every attendee an extremely close vantage point.

Learn valuable methods of repair and maintenance from Indianapolis-based Carlos Coelho, one of the world’s leading oboe and English horn repair and restoration masters. Coelho will give instruction on adjusting your instruments as well as provide useful tips on common maintenance issues.

The series will also offer daily classes on body movement. Unleash your full potential by eliminating tension in your playing.


Music Institute of Chicago: 2014 Oboe Boot Camp

DATE: June 9-13, 2014
LOCATION: Winnetka Campus
HOST: Crystal Hall & Erica Anderson


Have you ever wanted to know more about how to play in tune, fix your own reeds, and have a chance to try out the English horn? Well, here’s your chance! Come to MIC Oboe Boot Camp! Participants learn how to make reeds, play chamber music, and the secrets of terrific oboe performing, all while having a great time!  If you want to improve your oboe playing, come to this camp!

Camp activities will include the following: Playing in daily workshops on oboe-specific topics:  improving dynamic control, tuning, tone production, audition success, improving technique, sight-reading, and more! Trying the English horn and oboe d’amore! Exploring music in a different way through composing and instrument creation. Playing oboe chamber music (trios, quartets). Learing how to make oboe reeds and process cane! Participating in the end-of-camp recital!