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Summer Study and Enrichment

The summer months are the best time for students to hone their skills on their instrument, in musicianship, and in reed-making. At camps and master classes, students have the opportunity form relationships with other musicians as well as work with renowned teachers and performers. We have compiled a list of camp and master class opportunities by state, so that you can decide which opportunity best fits your student’s needs!

Please let us know about any camps or classes that should be added to our list!


Alabama

Southern Oboe Intensive
DATES: July 8-12, 2019
LOCATION: University of Alabama-Birmingham
TUITION: Commuters: $450; Residential: $700
https://www.southernoboeintensive.com/

The Southern Oboe Intensive provides a distinctive opportunity for oboists to spend five days immersed in world-class instruction. The intensive draws students from middle school through college graduates from throughout the United States.During the intensive, students at all levels are coached by James Sullivan (Alabama Symphony), Russ deLuna (San Francisco Symphony) and Phil Ross (St. Louis Symphony).Not only are these gentlemen exceptional oboists, but each brings extraordinary and unique experience and perspective to share with the participants.

California

Robert Walters English Horn Seminar
DATE: June 2-7, 2019
LOCATION: Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts
HOST: HVMS
TUITION: $1,150 Participants, $900 Auditors

https://www.hiddenvalleymusic.org/event-english-horn-master-class-with-robert-walters_225.htm

Elaine Douvas Oboe Master Class
DATE: June 15-21, 2019
LOCATION: Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts
HOST: HVMS
TUITION: $1,050 Participants, $900 Auditors

​https://www.hiddenvalleymusic.org/event-oboe-master-class-with-elaine-douvas_224.htm

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Lucias in the world famous Carmel/Monterey area, Hidden Valley is now in its 51st year of offering learning opportunities for extraordinarily talented musicians. The eight-acre campus comprises a theatre, dance studio, rehearsal gazebos, and a residence hall/dining center.

Hidden Valley Music Seminar’s Master classes are immersive, five-day intensives with musicians from top performing & teaching institutes including The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Juilliard, Oberlin, Mannes, and The Cleveland Institute of Music. Each week features a concert by the teaching faculty, open to the public, offering a unique opportunity to hear these world-class players in an intimate setting focused on repertoire for their instrument.

The participating members of the master class are advanced players. Almost half of our master class participants return for more than one year, and many are professional musicians. Master class participants enjoy not only critical opportunities for learning & advancement but create relationships within the musical community that can last a lifetime. A testament both to our exceptional teaching faculty and the caliber of students we enroll, many Hidden Valley master classes participants have gone on to hold important positions in major orchestras and university faculties. Each masters class includes a concert, open to the public, featuring the master teachers performing a wide array of repertoire highlighting their instrument.

Northern California Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and Operation O.B.O.E. Camp
DATE: July 29- Aug 3, 2019
LOCATION: Sacramento State University in Sacramento, CA
HOST: David Wells, Deb Shidler, Cindy Behmer
TUITION: $750 – $850 Residents, $350 – $450 Day Campers

http://www.bocalmajority.com/northern-california/

For any oboe or bassoon player (beginner, intermediate, advanced divisions). This is a really 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 modern dorms in double occupancy, air-conditioned rooms. Adult male and female RAs stay in the dorms for 24 access and supervision, including our camp manager.

Southern California Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and Operation O.B.O.E. Camp
DATE: July 22-27, 2019
LOCATION: Redlands University in Redlands, CA
HOST: Carolyn Beck, Francisco Castillo
TUITION: $750-$950 Residents, $350-$550 Day Campers

https://bocalmajority.com/southerncalifornia/

For any oboe or bassoon player (beginner, intermediate, advanced divisions). This is a really 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 modern dorms in double occupancy, air-conditioned rooms. Adult male and female RAs stay in the dorms for 24 access and supervision, including our camp manager.

Florida

Florida State University Double Reed Workshop
DATE: June 9-15 2019
LOCATION: Florida State University
HOST: Eric Ohlsson
TUITION: $495-$595
https://www.stetson.edu/music/community/music-workshops/double-reed-workshop.php

This specialized workshop for double reed players gives campers an opportunity to focus on literature and skills specific to their instrument. Campers will work alongside FSU faculty members to study solo and ensemble literature, tone production, technique development, how to practice for maximum effectiveness, and how to prepare for an audition. Campers will attend master classes, reed-making classes, and practice sessions. All campers will practice and perform in a small ensemble.

In general, required camp activities take place from 8am-5pm. A sample schedule has been provided below. Students attending this workshop should also be prepared to attend fundamental classes, ensemble rehearsals and masterclasses taking place from 7:00-9:30pm.

For an even more extensive experience, consider combining the Double Reed Workshop with our Middle School or High School Band Camp. The individual attention of the workshop combined with large ensemble instruction creates the ideal, well-rounded instructional experience. Students who register and apply for this workshop & Band Camp (for Middle School or Senior High) are eligible to apply for a discount.

Georgia

Oboes at Oxford
DATE: No info available for 2019
LOCATION: Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia
HOST: Lisa Sayre
TUITION: $750

http://www.oxfordoboecamp.com/

In 1999, Lisa Sayre established a summer camp, “Oboes In the Mountains” for young oboists. The success of this venture rapidly and consistently expanded from that date forward. In it’s most current state it is officially known as “Oxford Oboe Camp” and moved in 2011 to Reinhardt University in Waleska Georgia, where Lisa Sayre is adjunct professor of oboe. The success of the camp is due to the fantastic oboe community that have contributed valuable time and skills to encourage students in a nurturing environment to further their knowledge of all things “oboe” while having a fun time doing it!

Julie Grasso and Mark Ostoich have both been a part of the camp from the earliest days. Other oboists that have contributed throughout the camp’s history include – Rebecca Collins, Brian Seaton, Ginger Ramsey, Jim Ryon, Petrea Warneck, Shelly Meggison, Pat McFarland, Cynthia Steljes, Yvonne Peterson, John Ellis, Lara Dahl, Robert Sorton and Bailey Sorton. Many of these oboists serve either as professors of some of the finest universities and conservatories in the country or as members of major symphony orchestras. Opportunities have been provided for many of the students that have attended the camp through recruitment opportunities at many of the universities that have been represented by the faculty.

Summer Bassoon Extravaganza (SBE)
DATE: June 23-29, 2019
LOCATION: Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
HOST: Shelly Unger, Michael Dicker, Jeffrey McCray, Jennifer Philpott, Laura Gordy
TUITION: $975 Residents, $825 Day Campers
www.bassoonextravaganza.com/

Established in 2002, Summer Bassoon Extravaganza continues as a one-of-a-kind musical experience for bassoonists. SBE promotes musical excellence offering participants access to nationally recognized faculty and guest artists, a low student to teacher ratio and a supportive learning environment. The week long camp features master classes, chamber ensembles, bassoon choir, reed making, an introduction to contrabassoon, special focus sessions and private instruction. In the past focus sessions have included topics such as instrument repair, history of exceptional bassoonists worldwide, an introduction to Baroque bassoon, musical interpretation, audition skills, extended techniques for bassoon and more. Positive outcomes are an outgrowth of this exceptional learning experience.

Illinois

Music Institute of Chicago: Oboe Intensive
DATE: June 21-23, 2019
LOCATION: Winnetka Campus
HOST: Erica Anderson, Anne Bach
TUITION: $415
https://www.musicinst.org/2018-oboe-intensive-includes-reed-making-workshop

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). Learning how to make oboe reeds and process cane! Participating in the end-of-camp recital!

Michigan

High School Oboe Institute
DATE: June 15-21, 2019
LOCATION: Interlochen Center for the Arts
HOST: Interlochen
TUITION: $1,270
http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/oboe-advanced#sthash.TczvN3MJ.dpuf

Interlochen offers a variety of summer music programs, led by a faculty of distinguished teachers, renowned conductors and notable guests. The Advanced Oboe Institute is an unparalleled opportunity for serious young oboists with professional aspirations to spend a week of intensive study with internationally known performers and teachers.

Daily master classes will focus on solo repertoire, etudes and orchestral works with special attention given to preparation for college and conservatory auditions. Master classes will include repertoire the participants have prepared in advance. A pianist will be provided for repertoire requiring accompaniment. Students will attend performances by faculty members and distinguished guest artists.Each student will receive private lessons. Special attention will be additionally given to reed work and instrument maintenance.

High School Bassoon Institute
DATE: June 15-21, 2019
LOCATION: Interlochen Center for the Arts
HOST: Interlochen
TUITION: $1,270
http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/advanced-bassoon#sthash.95Ucao6q.dpuf

The advanced bassoon institute will feature master classes, advanced reed making sessions and clinics, and an evening chamber music and solo performance. The enrollment is limited to 12, and each of the participants in the advanced course will play three times in master classes, once for each of the three artist faculty members. All master classes and clinics will address advanced performing techniques and will include repertoire the participants have prepared in advance. A pianist will be provided for accompanied repertoire. Classes will also be given on orchestral excerpts and solo repertoire.

During this one-week program, students will participate in the following: Master classes, Study of orchestral excerpts, Individual practice/ ensemble rehearsals, Large bassoon ensemble, Attend evening performances. Sample master class topics include: Concerto repertoire, Sonata repertoire, Milde concert studies, Orchestral excerpts.

North Carolina

The John Mack Oboe Camp: Continuing the Legacy
DATE: June 7-14, 2019
LOCATION: Wildacres Retreat near Little Switzerland, North Carolina
HOST: Dana Sundet
TUITION: $700participants, $625 auditors
http://www.johnmackoboecamp.org/

The John Mack Oboe Camp begins accepting applications February 1, 2014. The John Mack Oboe Camp, a weeklong series of master classes for oboists, has been meeting at Wildacres Retreat since 1976. Located near Little Switzerland, North Carolina, Wildacres is a place of supreme beauty, and is committed to advancing the arts, natural sciences, religion and the betterment of human relations. John Mack considered it his life’s mission to teach music and his students now continue this tradition at the John Mack Oboe Camp. All classes are group classes with students performing standard etudes, solos, and orchestral excerpts. Admission is open to college-age oboists, professionals, teachers who desire a “refresher course” and a limited number of advanced high school oboists. A limited number of auditors will be accepted for a reduced fee. There are two types of attendees: participants and auditors. Participants perform twice in the master class setting; auditors observe all classes and receive a 30-minute private lesson.

Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp
DATE: May 27-June 6, 2019
LOCATION: Wildacres Retreat near Little Switzerland, North Carolina
HOST: Jim Poe, Amber Ferenz, Maria Spuller
TUITION: $825
http://bassooncamp.com/

The Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp is a ten-day summer camp for bassoonists 18 years of age and above, of any skill level. Each day includes master classes, reed making classes, ensemble activities and recital hours. Also included are bassoon repairs, bassoon makers, music and tool vendors, and many ways to relax and learn through social engagements. Established in 1978 by Loren Glickman and Mark Popkin and located at the beautiful Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, NC. Master class topics range from major orchestral, ballet and opera music to chamber music excerpts, as well as the main solo repertoire of the bassoon. Each year our guest artists and Loren Glickman plan the repertoire for the camp. Unlike other camps, the master classes held at GPBC are very relaxed. There is no fixed order or selection of performers, no assignments and plenty of encouragement. In fact, everyone who wishes to play in a master class is given an opportunity to do so. We have developed a large reed making class that spans the whole of camp. All campers are encouraged to sign up and play on recital hours. Solos are welcome, although if lengthy, we encourage just one movement of any piece per day. Many ensembles consist of pick up groups that rehearse at off times, opportunities abound for impromptu ensemble playing, and it is very common for players who have never met before camp to strike up a trio for fun and then perform it on the next recital. There is always someone with a camera and a video so you can talk to them about getting to see your performance.

North Carolina Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and Operation O.B.O.E. Camp
DATE: June 24-29, 2019
LOCATION: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
HOST: Michael Burns & Ashley Barret
TUITION: $750 Residents, $350 Commuters
https://bocalmajority.com/northcarolina/

This is a really 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 modern dorms in double occupancy, air-conditioned rooms. Adult male and female RAs stay in the dorms for 24 access and supervision, including our camp manager.

Ohio

Double or Nothing Oboe and Bassoon Camp
DATE: June 29-July3-14, 2019
LOCATION: Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio
HOST: Double or Nothing Reeds
TUITION: Day Campers – $425, Residential Campers – $695, Reed Making Only – $125
www.OboeAndBassoonCamp.com

During this energy-filled, highly motivating camp, students of all ability levels will be challenged and inspired by our accomplished double reed staff. Double or Nothing Oboe and Bassoon 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 DNR Oboe and Bassoon 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 have 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)

The Art of Oboe
DATE: June 12-16, 2019
LOCATION: University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
HOST: Double or Nothing Reeds, Mark Ostoich
TUITION: $450 (+ room/board if desired_
https://doubleornothingreeds.com/upprograms/the-art-of-oboe/

Pennsylvania

Oboe and Bassoon Camp
DATE: June 29 – July 2, 2019
LOCATION: Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania
HOST: Susan Laib, Maxwell Grube
TUITION: $330Residents, $280 Day Campers
http://www2.mansfield.edu/camps/music-camps/oboe-and-bassoon-camp.cfm

Campers participate in several intensive days of oboe and bassoon instruction that includes solos, duets, quartets, and double reed choir. Core topics include: tone production, breath support, warm-ups, practice techniques, phrasing, vibrato, and reed-making and adjustment. The camp takes place from Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014, to Saturday morning, July 12, and culminates in a demonstration performance for parents, family and friends on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

The camp faculty is comprised primarily of the Mansfield University Music Department and is augmented by individuals in the music field who are outstanding players and teachers. Camp counselors are selected Mansfield University alumni and music majors and will also serve as teaching staff by helping to coach master classes and chamber ensembles. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:10. Campers and counselors live in the campus residence hall and eat in the campus cafeteria.

Texas

Bocal Majority & Operation O.B.O.E
Multiple Camps throughout Texas
http://www.bocalmajority.com/

Bocal Majority CampsBocal Majority Bassoon Camps & Operation O.B.O.E. represent double-reed camps & events that run year-round, throughout the country. We offer one-day classes through week-long events for beginners to professionals. We sell new & used instruments and supplies in our store. Our mission is to provide high-level information in a positive & uplifting environment. Come see what all the excitement is about!

Washington

WSU Oboe & Bassoon Camps
DATE: July 23-28, 2019
LOCATION: Washington State University
HOST: Dr. Keri McCarthy, Dr. Ryan Hare
TUITION: $600 residential, $395 commuter
http://libarts.wsu.edu/music/camp/obc/

WSU Oboe & Bassoon Camps offer a fun and exciting musical week for students studying oboe, English horn, and bassoon, grades 7 through 12 (students entering grades 7-12 and students graduating high school are eligible). Oboists and English horn players will work with Dr. Keri McCarthy (oboe faculty, WSU) and bassoonists will study with Dr. Ryan Hare (bassoon faculty, WSU) and other outstanding Washington State University faculty members to improve their musical skills. The Oboe and Bassoon Camps focus on group techniques and reed making classes, private lessons, and chamber music playing and coachings. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in large ensembles (either at the intermediate or advanced levels), jazz improvisation, music theory and composition, and leadership classes.

Double-reed campers also enjoy recreational activities such as picnics, indoor and outdoor games, dorm time, fun evening activities, concerts, and the use of the WSU Recreational Center. Staff for the Oboe & Bassoon Camps provide 24-hour supervision. Experienced counselors stay in Wilmer-Davis Dormitory with the residential campers.

Canada

Domaine Forget – Oboe & English Horn
DATE: June 16-29, 2019
LOCATION: Domaine Forget Saint-Irénée (QC) Canada
HOST: Pedro Diaz, Stefan Schilli, Normand Forget
TUITION: 1 week – $1000 CDN, 2 weeks – $1950 CDN
https://www.domaineforget.com/en/academy/session-woodwinds-oboe/

Le Domaine Forget is first and foremost an International Music and Dance Academy for young students and future professionals. It is recognized internationally for its pedagogical excellence. Nestled in the heights of Charlevoix but only a few steps from the St. Lawrence River, le Domaine Forget offers an exceptional setting conducive to creativity and musical practice, far from the madding crowd.

This two-week program is offered to intermediate, advanced or semi-professional level students, aged 15 years old or older. The Woodwinds session provides a unique opportunity to benefit from internationally renowned teachers. The curriculum includes: Private lessons (2 per week), Daily Masterclasses, Orchestral Excerpts Classes, Chamber music classes, Student concert at the Françoys-Bernier concert hall. The session includes: Collaborative piano services are offered for the masterclasses, Free access to all the Academy classes and activities for the entire session, Free access to le Domaine Forget International Festival concerts during the session.

Domaine Forget – Bassoon
DATE: June 16-29, 2019
LOCATION: Domaine Forget Saint-Irénée (QC) Canada
HOST: John Clouser, Gustavo Nunez, Richard Gagnon
TUITION: 1 week – $1000 CDN, 2 weeks – $1950 CDN
https://www.domaineforget.com/en/academy/session-woodwinds-bassoon/

This two-week program is offered to intermediate, advanced or semi-professional level students, aged 15 years old or older. The Woodwinds session provides a unique opportunity to benefit from internationally renowned teachers. The balance between private lessons, masterclasses and group lessons result in a rare experience of learning. Curriculum includes: Private lessons (2 per week), Daily Master classes, Orchestral Excerpts classes, Chamber music classes, Reed making classes and instrument maintenance, Student concert in the Françoys-Bernier concert hall. The session includes: Collaborative piano services are offered for the masterclasses, Free access to all the Academy classes and activities for the entire session, Free access to le Domaine Forget International Festival concerts during the session.