25. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

The instrument is physically difficult. Do not be seduced into practising
as one would practise weight lifting. The order of work involved is that
necessary to memorize a poem or speech.

-Stevens Hewitt

25. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

If you went to my Double Reed Musicians link (to the left of this blog) between sometime last night and this morning at about 8:15 you were probably taken directly to the new page I put together listing some arts boarding schools’ double reed faculty members. Sorry about that! I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to mess things up for a while. I think everything is back in order now, though.

Blame the error it on oboe brain drain. I know I will.

25. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I thought that my whine session would be the end of it. But I should have known better.

I couldn’t sleep last night. On my drive to school today (why do I always type “toady”?) I couldn’t stop the brain.

I’m a “bad dweller” I guess. I dwell on the bad stuff. It seems that there are two types of musicians; there are the “bad dwellers” and the “grand dwellers”. The former always think only on the negative and worry a lot. We worry that we aren’t as good as we think we are, and that someday the general public is going to find out we’ve pulled the wool over their eyes all these years. We worry that we’ve played our swan song before we were even discovered to be swans. We worry that the end has occurred and we somehow missed knowing. The “grand dwellers” think—no, they know—they are good musicians and that any group is lucky to have them. They never worry about “then end” because they don’t believe that will ever happen. If they don’t get a job they know it was due to someone else’s sly doings or, perhaps, that their greatness makes everyone else feel threatened so they weren’t hired merely due to the weakness of others’ playing.

Yeah, I know … there’s an “in between” in there as well. That’s where I desire to live. And most of the time I do. Honest.

But, for today at least, I’m living in doubtland.

Better than than grandland, if you ask me. Either land is unhealthy, but I’d rather be on my side of the land than that other side.

Just my (sick? twisted? oboistic?) side of the country!

(And now may this pattyramble take away the voices that are screaming at me from inside my thick skull.)

25. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported

Please feel free to email me with any additions, corrections or deletions. Needless to say, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information or links, as information is constantly changing.


USA Boarding Schools

North American University, College and Conservatory Double Reed Instructors


Personal Pages of Double Reed Players


African Orchestra Double Reeds

Australian Orchestra Double Reeds

Canadian Orchestra Double Reeds

Chamber Music Sites (that include double reeds, of course!)

Eurasian Orchestra Double Reeds

Mexican Orchestra Double Reeds

Period Instrument Double Reeds

South American Orchestra Double Reeds

USA Ballet Orchestra Double Reeds

USA Band and Wind Ensemble Double Reeds

USA Chamber Orchestra Double Reeds

USA Opera Orchestra Double Reeds

USA Symphony Orchestra Double Reeds