30. June 2013 · Comments Off on Thank you, IDRS · Categories: IDRS2013

I am safely home, after experiencing my first IDRS convention and then visiting for a short time with two of my kids. It was a fast trip … or at least it seems so now.

I might post more tomorrow if I have time to put some thoughts together. I still would like to write about a few things that came up at the conference, but so far I’ve not sat down to do so.

Thank you, Francisco Castillo and Carolyn Beck. Goodbye Redlands. You were a wee bit too hot for me, but I appreciated your hospitality. Goodbye IDRS. Maybe I’ll see you next year in New York City. I’m hoping!


30. June 2013 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Oh Love That Will not Let Me Go (arr. David Phelps)
Westminster Chorus and Central Standard Chorus

30. June 2013 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Mendelssohn: Richte mich Gott
Choir “Svetozar Markovic”; Bozidar Crnjanski

29. June 2013 · Comments Off on If You Read This … · Categories: Ramble

When we were at the winery concert Thursday night we sat at a table with a lovely family. One daughter played oboe and the other bassoon. The mother and father were fun to speak with, and the mother said she reads this blog sometimes. If you are out there and see this I would love to hear from you … I’m so mad that I forgot to write down your names and I have the World’s Worst Memory! Sigh. Thank you for sharing your table with us chatty women, and I do hope you had the most wonderful time at the IDRS!

29. June 2013 · Comments Off on Reed Pros · Categories: IDRS2013

I hate to even share some things … if this business gets too busy it’ll take longer to get my reed order. And yes, I DO play on other folks’ reeds much of the time these days. I just don’t like to make reeds. I think every oboist should learn to make reeds. I think it’s of utmost importance. However I don’t think we all have the talent to make them well. I’m one what I call the World’s Worst Reed Maker. It doesn’t mean I’ll stop trying, but it does mean I’ll buy reeds if I can find someone who works for me. Tanya’s reed do. Heck, she got me through Les Miserables!

Tanya and Anthony Johnson at the Reed Pros table

ReedPros Table at IDRS2013

29. June 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

playing the Oboe Releases all negative emotions for me. I Hope everyone else HAS an Outlet Like That.

29. June 2013 · Comments Off on Püchner · Categories: IDRS2013

I found the Püchner bells to be beautiful.

Puchner Instruments at U of Redlands

29. June 2013 · Comments Off on The Marigaux Plexiglass Oboe · Categories: IDRS2013

I was trying to link this to a page on the Marigaux site, but I can’t find this instrument there! Hmm. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right place. I wonder. But I had to shoot a few photos of this instrument. It’s pretty amazing. I’ve heard it plays really well, too. (Again, I HAVE to try it next time!)

Plexiglass Marigaux at U of Redlands

Plexiglass Marigaux at U of Redlands-2

28. June 2013 · Comments Off on One More … · Categories: IDRS2013

Okay, I just have to post this. How sweet is this photo? Kris, Sydne and Renaud in one photo! I had played an opera a few years back with Kris and Sydne (sorry I misspelled your name at first. Geesh!) and I have communicated via Facebook but met in person for the first time at the IDRS conference. Sydney was trying Marigaux oboes so I just had to shoot this!

Kris, Sydney & Renaud Patalowski at U of Redlands

28. June 2013 · Comments Off on Marigaux! · Categories: IDRS2013

I really was foolish on this trip to IDRS. I had the absolute joy of meeting Renaud Patalowski of Marigaux. What a nice man, and the instruments … so lovely! He offered to have a look at my oboes, but did I think to bring my instruments and have them looked at? Naw. And today when I was back at the exhibits I forgot to bring my reed case and I didn’t try ONE OBOE. Ack. What a goof I am!

Next year (I really DO hope to go next year!) I will bring a few reeds every time I go into the exhibits and I just might bring my oboes so Marigaux can have a look-see at them.

Thank you, Renaud Patalowski, for your graciousness. It was wonderful to meet you!

Renaud Patalowski & Marigaux at U of Redlands