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!
Southern Oboe Intensive
DATES: July 5-10, 2021
LOCATION: online for summer of 2021
The Southern Oboe Intensive provides a distinctive opportunity for oboists to spend six 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.
Robert Walters English Horn Seminar
LOCATION: Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts
Elaine Douvas Oboe Master Class
LOCATION: Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts
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
LOCATION: Sacramento State University in Sacramento, CA
HOST: David Wells, Deb Shidler, Cindy Behmer
Florida State University Double Reed Workshop
LOCATION: Florida State University
HOST: Eric Ohlsson
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.
Oboes at Oxford
LOCATION: Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia
HOST: Lisa Sayre
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.
Music Institute of Chicago: Oboe Intensive
LOCATION: Winnetka Campus
HOST: Erica Anderson, Anne Bach
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!
High School Oboe Institute
LOCATION: Interlochen Center for the Arts
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.
The John Mack Oboe Camp: Continuing the Legacy
LOCATION: Wildacres Retreat near Little Switzerland, North Carolina
HOST: Dana Sundet
Oboe and Bassoon Camp
LOCATION: Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania
HOST: Susan Laib, Maxwell Grube
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.
Bocal Majority & Operation O.B.O.E
Multiple Camps throughout Texas
Northwest Oboe Seminar
WSU Oboe & Bassoon Camps
LOCATION: Washington State University
HOST: Dr. Keri McCarthy, Dr. Ryan Hare
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.
Domaine Forget – Oboe & English Horn
LOCATION: Domaine Forget Saint-Irénée (QC) Canada
HOST: Pedro Diaz, Stefan Schilli, Normand Forget
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.