10. September 2012 · Comments Off on Double Reed Day In Ithaca · Categories: Double Reed Days and Festivals

2012 Double Reed Day

Welcome to the 2012 Ithaca College Double Reed Day! We look forward to providing an outstanding event for high school double reed instrumentalists.


Date: November 12, 2012

Location: Ithaca College School of Music

Ages: Participants must be in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Please contact us if you are seeking special permission for younger participants.

Guest Artists:

Lee Goodhew-Romm, Professor of Bassoon, Ithaca College School of Music
Paige Morgan, Professor of Oboe, Ithaca College School of Music
Participation Fee: Free

Registration Deadline: Participants must register online by November 1. REGISTER NOW!

I will post without comment because I just have nothing to say at the moment.

My experience is that many English horn players believe it is easier to make mistakes, than to believe it is easier to play the right notes. What if these English horn players are wrong, even if the evidence says that they’re all correct?

What I mean by the evidence proving them right, is that most English horn players find making mistakes consistently easy, because they make mistakes easily.

Want more? Go here, although I hate advertising for someone. (Yeah, I’m silly that way.)

PS Um … anyone out there know of even ONE English horn prodigy? Hmm ….

10. September 2012 · Comments Off on The Oboe Maker · Categories: Oboe

Atlanta Sounds gives us this short audio slide show featuring Harry Vas Dias, Baroque oboe maker.

A number of years ago (at least eight and possibly more) I was playing a job in another and a visitor came to the pit to observe. He was a musician from a city somewhere in Southern California, and his friend was conducting the show. He was a really nice guy, and yes, he was an oboist.

During the intermission he commented on my involvement with the music. “You really like doing this, don’t you?” I admitted that I did. He proceeded to tell me that my symphony friends would treat me with disdain because of this, and then he also said, “You care too much.” He told me that I cared far too much about the music and that that could cause me a lot of problems.

I know he had a point. I know that I can use with a bit of relaxing and not getting so bothered by every little blip. But I fear complacency, and I would rather be at the end of “too much” than “too little”.

I still remember the gist of the conversation, even while I don’t have it word for word.

I hope I will continue to like what I do, be it a symphony job, an opera, a musical or something else. And I guess I really do hope I care too much.

I would hate to care less. I think it might make me careless.

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

All I have to do tomorrow is put in a few good hours of practice on my oboe. I’m gonna sleep like a baby. :]

10. September 2012 · Comments Off on Ouch! · Categories: Opera, Reviews

The less said the better about Saturday’s first act. The orchestra, conducted by Anthony Quartuccio, was riddled with poor intonation, scratchy string tone and blooped notes, and was often out of sync with the singers onstage. The chorus was ragged. Two of the leads — tenor Alexander Boyer and baritone Evan Brummel — strained to stay on pitch. And another thing: Was someone grilling steaks in the theater’s basement? I’m being serious — it smelled like it.


I can’t (won’t!/shouldn’t!) comment on what he says about me and the rest of my colleagues: I don’t believe in letting my readers know if I agree or disagree, and I certainly won’t explain why something may have been awry if it was, indeed, awry, but let me assure you that sometimes I strongly agree and sometimes I strongly disagree!

But … I can tell Mr. Scheinin that I’ve always assumed that the smell is from a nearby restaurant. (I’m guessing Original Joe’s, but I don’t know for sure.) This is the first time I’ve heard of an audience member catching the scent of meat cooking, but I’ve dealt with this ever since the hall opened. We get the “steak smell” from a nearby restaurant and we get the baking cookies smell that goes on out in the lobby. I found it all quite annoying when we moved into the hall but at this point I’ve learned to deal and nearly ignore the smells.

I’ve yet to learn to deal with the strong perfume some audience members bathe in before the come into the hall, but oh well — I want to focus on their attendance instead. I truly am thankful they are there!