A friend, Bob Hubbard, shared this with me earlier today. And … just WOW.

Please watch and listen. Titus Underwood is the Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony … and he is amazing!

William Byrd: Ave Verum Corpus
The King’s Singers

Févin: Nesciens mater
The Gesualdo Six

18. June 2021 · 2 comments · Categories: Teaching

I’m excited! Next week I will begin teaching students in my home studio again. The last time I did that was in March 2020. What a long time it’s been. I will continue to teach via Zoom for students who are unable to get vaccinated, but in person lessons are SO much better. I have a feeling I’ll be doing some instrument adjustments at these first lessons, and I’m certain I’ll be doing reed adjustments as well.

So here we go … time to get back to the way lessons are meant to be!

Love Divine words by Charles Wesley, Music by Howard Goodall
National Methodist Choir GB; Matt Beckingham, Director

Peter Anglea: Jubilate Deo
Collegiate Chorale of Wright State University; Dr. Hank Dahlman, Director

11. June 2021 · 2 comments · Categories: Teaching

So many of my students are now vaccinated, and are two weeks or less closer to being able to come back into the studio. I’m so delighted to start scheduling in-person lessons. I’m still quite willing to teach online lessons, which have been a wonderful thing for the past fourteen months, and will continue to teach any students who are more comfortable doing Zoom lessons — some just because they don’t feel safe due to Covid-19 (some are unable to get vaccinated and even while I am fully vaccinated they simply aren’t comfortable here), and others who are far enough away they prefer Zoom. But to SEE students, to HEAR them live and in person, and to (finally!) get to WORK on their instruments and reeds will be absolutely fabulous.

At this point it looks like I’ll begin to teach them here in my studio beginning the week of June 20, and I will continue to teach Wednesday through Saturday.

I can’t wait!

How important is your private oboe teacher?

VERY.

When I get students who have studied primarily from lesson books (Rubank, Gekeler and the like) I nearly always have to correct fingerings. Those books have been out for eons and they’ve never been corrected! They don’t know about left F, for one thing. But there are other issues as well. In addition, some band directors continue to insist on using the E flat key when a student plays forked F.

Get a private teacher. And get one who is actually an oboist!

Trust me on this.

René Clausen: All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord! arr. Robert Scholz
Trondhjems Studentersangforening

J.S. Bach: Alleluia (from BWV 230)
The Bob Cole Chamber Choir; Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Conductor