21. May 2010 · Comments Off on Recital Encore · Categories: Recital Encore

21. May 2010 · Comments Off on I Could Do That! · Categories: Havin' Fun, Links

Would someone like to pay me $400,000 for a job I will agree to take, even though I’ll later decide not to take it? Pretty please?

Okay. FINE. I’ll do it for $100,000. I’m just that nice.

And if I need to add an accent or two to my name, I could do that, too.

21. May 2010 · Comments Off on NY Phil’s Alan Gilbert plays Guitar Hero with Death · Categories: Havin' Fun, Videos

21. May 2010 · Comments Off on Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, 2010 Finalists! · Categories: Opera

The results are in! Congratulations to all the contestants! I’m hoping to be there tomorrow night for the finals.

To save you time, here are the names with links to their websites:

I see some familiar names there, which is especially fun!


21. May 2010 · Comments Off on English horn, whence the name? · Categories: English horn, Links

These folks are discussing it.

Me? I’m just tired of reading, “The English horn is neither English nor a horn.” 😉

I do call it a horn, and I speak English. So “English horn” works for me.

How nice for someone to post something for his/her mom. Just hope it was approved by mom first! 🙂

Read online:

I am posting this for my mom. she has 50+ years of oboe/english horn experience playing through school, college, professionally and teaching. Many of her students have received full scholarships to school (as many of you may have never heard of an oboe.. many don’t so if you become good at it, you are one of a few! your chances for scholarship are 100x of those who play trumpet, violin, clarinet, piano or most other better known instruments (Not to knock them because she has played them all at one point and has taught them all… They are a dime a dozen!) She only wishes to teach oboe and english horn at this point since that has always been her major. She has made Time magazines 100 top Oboe players & their teachers (as a student & teacher). She will teach anyone from beginning to advanced students wanting to become the best!
30 half hour
50 full hour

Also lessons for making your own reeds! or learning new methods. She has taken lessons from many people over many years and has combined many professional methods. (reeds also available for sale)

21. May 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

managed to get my music teacher to talk about classical music and never had to play my oboe for the whole lesson!

21. May 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

Love it!:

Speaking of music–tip for the day:
It is impossible to play the oboe well after sprinting up ten flights of auditorium stairs, through the lobby of a fine arts center, and to the back of the parking lot, even if you’ve had five minutes to drive and relax on the way to the next performance. Probably something to do with breath support. It’s a better idea not to double schedule concerts. Just don’t do that. Also, I recommend not assembling the oboe in the car while sitting at a stop light, because then you have to make certain it doesn’t roll off your lap while driving. Very unsafe. Don’t do that either.

21. May 2010 · Comments Off on I Like This, So I’m Sharing It · Categories: Art

… with permission from the artist. (I don’t “borrow” art from anyone without asking. Just as I ask that no one “borrow” anything of mine without asking!)

The weather was perfect in San Francisco for Sketchcrawl 21. Martha and I kicked off the day sketching this old dude playing off-key clarinet behind the Ferry Building. Children seemed to love the music and the pigeons looked happy, doing their funny pigeon wobbly-neck dance to the music. I’m guessing his fancy tuxedo pants were left over from better days.

Entertaining the pigeons by Jana Bouc