01. September 2012 · Comments Off on Stolen Oboe · Categories: Stolen Instrument

On July 29, 2012, my oboe (Fox Model 450, Serial Number 20094) got stolen from the back of a car in Saratoga Springs, New York where I had traveled to perform with a friend and his band. I’ve owned the oboe for 10 years and this past spring even had it completely overhauled for a factory refurbish. Essentially, it was a brand new oboe, yet one that I had a decade of experience and musical personality with.

Any information about its whereabouts may be shared with the Saratoga Springs Police Department at 518-584-1800, or any other local law enforcement agency.

Oh boy, would I love to just get back on with my life as usual. Seeing that back would make my… day, year, well… life, and give me confidence about humanity.

Until then, without knowing if it will ever return, whether my eyes will ever see it again, those same eyes shed tears still believing that they are watering the seeds of hope that may one day become the flower that is the universal goodness of people.

If my oboe is returned to me, I will let you know that the garden of my soul is lush again.

Until then….

I miss you, Fox 450, serial number 20094.


Never leave an instrument in a car unattended.
Insure your instrument for replacement value.

01. September 2012 · Comments Off on Some audition even more times … · Categories: Audition Results

… and some never land a job. Congratulations to Sarah Lewis, a new oboist of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Since receiving her M.A. from The Juilliard School in New York City, Lewis has auditioned for some 15 orchestras in cities such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta — wherever there was a job opening for an oboist. Five times she has been in the top four. This time she got the job.

01. September 2012 · Comments Off on Opera @ The Ball Park · Categories: Opera

I’d go if I could, but I’ll be sitting in a dark pit. But you? You can attend Pearl Fishers the week before (or the week after) and go to the San Francisco event on September 15. And yes, you can get fries with that.

San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and Webcor Builders once again to bring grand opera to AT&T Park on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. This free live simulcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto is led by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti, and features an all-star cast including Serbian baritone Željko Lu?i? in the title role, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro as the lecherous Duke of Mantua. Register now for early entry and to assure best seating at sfopera.com/simulcast.

Through state-of-the-art technology, the simulcast will be transmitted in 1920×1080 high definition (HD) to AT&T Park’s 103-feet wide Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard—one of the highest quality outdoor scoreboards in the nation—live from the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. Concert quality audio combined with AT&T Park’s huge screen creates an unmatched operatic experience for attendees sitting both in the stands and on the baseball field itself.

Only registered ticket holders will be allowed early entrance for best seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. Field seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All others who have not registered and do not have pre-printed tickets will be allowed to enter AT&T Park beginning at 7 p.m.

01. September 2012 · Comments Off on Dring, Dring! · Categories: Videos

Yeah, that subject header was the best I could do at the moment. But here … enjoy some Madeleine Dring:

Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano

Flute: Hollie Macdonald
Oboe: Sam Baxter
Piano: Zi Wang

01. September 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

i wish i could ask my parents to bring my oboe but it’s in a drawer full of stuff i don’t want them to see

Oh dear ….