Summer Study and Enrichment
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.
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.
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!
Why Queen City Double Reed Camp?
- Targeted, fun music and oboe-specific activities to promote higher level thinking.
- Exposure to renown teachers and special guests who are prominent double reed professionals in Cincinnati and the Midwest. Current and former guests include: Lon Bussell from the Cincinnati Symphony, Dr. Mark Ostoich from CCM, Robert and Bailey Sorton and their quartet OBOHIO, Sarah Thelen of Fox Products.
- Develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills through performances, classes, and ensemble rehearsals.
- Daily, hands-on reed making workshop with expert instruction and personal attention.
- Spiraling curriculum of oboe related topics suitable for all playing levels. Topics may include:
- Technique and facility including upper register technique, trill fingerings, harmonic fingerings, etc.
- Techniques for good tone production, intonation, and vibrato
- Developing an effective embouchure
- Survey of repertoire specific to double reed instruments
- Articulation techniques including double tonguing
- Performance technique and practice strategies
- Structured study will include Private Lessons, Master Classes, and participation in double reed ensembles
- Special topics courses including audition preparation, auxiliary instruments, instrument building, repair, and adjustments.
- An opportunity to attend a professional local performance.*
- Round table discussions with expert musicians on a variety of topics.
- An opportunity for students to engage with Xavier University’s campus through activities fostering community, education, and enrichment.
Did You Just Say Oboe Camp?
So what is oboe camp and why should your student go to oboe camp? Those are both great questions! Many students go to some form of camp during the summer, but oboe camp stands apart from any other type of camp. Midwest Oboe Camp is geared towards students of all ages and experience levels. The only requirement is one year of study in the oboe through school music programs or private instruction. Oboe camp is a unique experience for young oboists to be immersed in all aspects of the oboe including performance, private instruction, maintenance and repair, reed-making, chamber music, and technique specific to the oboe.
The Midwest Oboe Camp faculty includes Camp Director Julie Grasso as well as Professors Robert Sorton, Bailey Sorton, and Lisa Sayre. Midwest Oboe Camp Director, Julie Grasso, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has been performing and teaching as a professional oboist for twenty five years. She is a founding member of a reed business, Double or Nothing Reeds, as well as a double reed quartet, Double or Nothing Ensemble, in residence at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
Also a founding member of OBOHIO, Bailey Sorton has performed extensively in North America and Europe. Mrs. Sorton is an active educator in Ohio, teaching applied oboe at Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. At Kenyon, she also teaches bassoon and recorder and coaches the woodwind chamber ensembles.
Lisa Sayre is Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Reinhardt University as well as the University of West Georgia. Lisa was a member of the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and is also a founding member of the Oxford Oboes Camp in Georgia.
Campers have the opportunity to work with our renowned teachers in masterclasses, lessons, and rehearsals, but they also develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills through performances and chamber music rehearsals. Students are divided into trios and quartets and given the opportunity to pick music and rehearse for a student chamber recital.
Campers spend two hours daily preparing a variety of trios for three oboes or for two oboes and English horn, but they also have an opportunity to play in a large double reed ensemble with both oboes and English horns. On the final morning of camp, students give a recital for the faculty and parents. The program includes the small chamber music ensembles as well as a large ensemble performance. For this year’s culminating recital, our campers, along with their counselors, performed Doug Harville’s arrangement of the first movement from Dvorak’s New World Symphony followed by New York Girls by Charles Sayre.
deeper understanding of reed-making.