I was not named a MacArthur Fellow, but Chris Thile was:

So was Claire Chase (“My parents took me …”. Gotta love that!):

& bow maker Benoît Rolland:

I think I will win a MacArthur when they give them out for very silly whiners. I am the silliest whiny person, after all!

01. October 2012 · 3 comments · Categories: TQOD

Dear teacher: i dont, wont, or even care to know the difference between an oboe a bassoon a viola blah blah blah.

01. October 2012 · Comments Off on Houston Symphony Principal Oboist · Categories: Oboe, Read Online

When long-time principal oboist Robert Atherholt announced that he would retire from his post, one that he held since 1984, Houston Symphony disciples felt a sense of loss, that somehow things wouldn’t be the same without this high-class artist’s signature voice.

For those who pay close attention, there was an oboe ringer during RachFest’s final week in January. That would have been Jonathan Fischer, former associate principal oboe with the San Francisco Symphony. He was on trial for the important spot.


The article implies he’s left San Francisco Symphony, but I still see him listed, so I’m guessing he might be taking leave.