Nicolas Cock-Vassiliou, Oboe
José Luis García Vegara, Oboe
Do?a Saç?l?k, Oboe
Michael Höfele, English Horn

Paul Reade
Luckbarrow Dances – for two Oboes and English Horn

Gabriel Fauré
Pavane – for two Oboes and English Horn

Georges Bizet
Aragonaise – for two Oboes and English Horn

Frank Bridge
Rosemary – for two Oboes and English Horn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Canon K. 560 – for three Oboes and English Horn

Henry Purcell
Three pieces from »Dido and Aeneas« – for three Oboes and English Horn

hr-Hörfunkstudio II Frankfurt, 15 June 2020

I honestly don’t know how many times I played this, but I used to play it a lot. I know it so very well and listening to it brings back memories.

Carl Nielsen:
Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Horn und Fagott op. 43
Quintet for winds op.43

Albrecht Mayer, Oboe
Daniela Koch, Flöte
David Orlowsky, Klarinette
Theo Plath, Fagott
Christoph Eß, Horn

Live from SHMF 2020, July 15
Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival

Rosephanye Powell: Non Nobis Domine
Smule Anatolians Polyphonic Choir

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name give the glory”

Julia Perry: How Beautiful Are The Feet
Singers: Brooke Shelley, Anna Sandstrom, Josie Ryan, Janine Harris.
Organ: David Drury.
Conductor: Sam Allchurch

Lovely!

Pietro Mascagni / Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana”
Arranged for Oboe and English horn

LOVING this arrangement of the Saint-Saëns Bassoon Sonata, arranged and played by Scott Hostetler. I’m so in awe … the man plays piano as well as double reeds, and he’s so musical. Bravo!

Elizabeth Poston: The Apple Tree
The Choir of St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Carlotta Ferrari: O Felix Anima (Latin text by Hidegard von Bingen)
SolEnsemble

Oboe and English horn will do just fine …

Mozart – “Le Nozze di Figaro” Overture
Arranged for 4 Oboes and English horns
by Yuta Toda

I went completely to Zoom teaching on March 13, 2020, with a few students starting online lessons even before that. It was a rocky start, just as it was for all other music instructors who had yet to move to online teaching. I had actually done a few FaceTime lessons in the past, because I had a couple of students who went to boarding school, but it was so infrequent and we just ignored the sound issues. But moving to ALL online lessons issues (sound, frozen screens, glitches in time) became rather painful. At this point we’ve learned how to make things work, and I do believe Zoom has improved much at their end as well.

Sound is so much better. Most of us use headphones of some sort (I have only a few students who continue to resist that for some reason). I have to remind some to turn “original sound” back on, but most now remember that prior to the start of their lessons. Lighting can sometimes be an issue (back lighting is a no-no!), and I frequently have to ask students to move their devices in a way that allows me to see their heads AND then hands. (Again, a few STILL resist doing that and I can’t see the right hand at all … why they fight this is beyond me!)

BUT … here’s what I really wanted to write about … I’m so very grateful to the students who have stuck with me. I lost three, but everyone else has stayed, and I even gained two new students. This has been good for my heart, and of course good for my finances. While colleagues have gone on unemployment I’ve avoided that.

It’s also caused me to teach differently and to see and hear things in a new way. I think my teaching has improved because of it, believe it or not.

We are all living in difficult times, but when I think of the kids my heart hurts for them. I try, because of that, to keep things a bit lighter. I know I’m considered strict by many (a former adult student told a colleague “She’s good, but she’s very strict!” Not something that bothered me since I AM strict!), but for now I’m relaxing a bit. These students need to learn, and they need to work, but I also need to cut them some slack. So I do.

I have no clue when I will have students in my house again. I will only accept Covid-vaccinated students. I will only teach live and in person when I have also been vaccinated. Things are moving along, and some are now getting those vaccinations, but I’m not in an age group that is allowed the vaccine yet, so I am somewhat patiently waiting. I do wonder how it will feel to have someone other than Dan in this house with me. It’s been close to a year now with just the two of us.