I urge anyone who reads these posts to spend the $100 for a ticket to Live From London, hosted by VOCES8 and the VOCES 8 Foundation. Honestly. I’ve seen and heard two concerts now (having listened twice already do the VOCES8 concert) and I can say my heart was blessed by the fine music making.

TEN concerts for $100. How can you argue with that? In these Covid Times we are all yearning for live music. This comes as close as one can get for so many of us. Plus you hear my absolute favorite group, VOCES8. (They performed first, but anyone who purchases a ticket can watch the performances after they open over and over.

Live From London … a treat for the ears AND the heart!

04. March 2019 · Comments Off on Interharmony · Categories: Announcements

Just received this from a woman who used to sometimes sub in our orchestra. I have no personal experience with the organization … just spreading her news:

I’m writing because I have an exciting teaching opportunity abroad this summer, and I’m trying to spread the word a bit about its existence. Would you be willing to post the flyer below on your website?
I will be teaching at the InterHarmony Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy, July 2nd-14th. I have a few spots available for either piano or oboe, and the festival is open to all ages, as parents can accompany their children and stay on site if they so choose. Amateur adults are welcome as well. Acqui Terme is a wonderful small city, offering ruins dating back to the 9th century, stunning vineyards, hot springs, and delicious cuisine. The festival provides private lessons, chamber music, and various excursions, including to nearby Milan. It is certainly a unique experience. I would be happy to mail you some fliers or posters, or speak with you over the phone, if that sounds helpful.

Many thanks in advance for all your help– I really appreciate it.

Best,
Miriam

Interharmony website

26. February 2019 · Comments Off on A Local Oboe Summer Camp · Categories: Announcements

… and to my students: notice that bit about “long tones, scales and technical studies”?!

Both Ryan and Adrienne are people I work with and enjoy tremendously. (In fact, they will be playing in the upcoming production of Madama Butterfly that I sadly must miss due to a major conflict with Aladdin.) You will definitely benefit from their instruction and I highly recommend this camp.

Left Coast Oboes Summer Camp
July 15-19, 2019
Redwood City, CA
Started in 2018, Left Coast Oboes is a summer day camp for middle and high school oboe players of all levels. Dedicated educators, Adrienne Malley and Ryan Zwahlen, wanted to create a fun and nurturing environment for students to learn reed making, study standard orchestral and solo repertoire, and play in an ensemble setting.

More information, including registration available here:
https://www.leftcoastoboes.com

17. January 2019 · Comments Off on Philharmonia Baroque’s New Music Director · Categories: Announcements

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale names Richard Egarr as next Music Director, its second in their nearly 40-year history

Egarr, currently serving as Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, will succeed Nicholas McGegan beginning in the 2020/21 season

Read more here.

Here is more from Joshua Kosman.

05. December 2018 · Comments Off on From NY Times · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, News, San Francisco Symphony

An article that makes me feel like my complete surprise was not unwarranted. It also makes me even more excited about the appointment.

Go here to read it.

05. December 2018 · Comments Off on I Didn’t See This Coming · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, Press Releases, San Francisco Symphony


(photo from the SFS site main page)

SAN FRANCISCO, December 5, 2018 — San Francisco Symphony President Sakurako Fisher and Chief Executive Officer Mark C. Hanson today announced that Esa-Pekka Salonen will become the Orchestra’s next Music Director, beginning in September 2020. As the San Francisco Symphony’s 12th Music Director in its 107-year history, Salonen will succeed Michael Tilson Thomas, who concludes his 25-year tenure as Music Director in July 2020. One of the most influential and creative forces in music, Salonen has, through his many high-profile conducting roles, work as a leading composer, and as an advocate for accessibility and diverse musical voices, shaped a unique vision for the present and future of the symphony orchestra.

As my husband said, “Quite a catch.”

16. October 2018 · Comments Off on Alex Klein in Canada · Categories: Announcements

As some know, I posted a video of Alex Klein in January.

I’m pleased to report that he announced on Facebook that he has accepted a position in Canada!

Congratulations, Mr. Klein!

25. January 2018 · Comments Off on Yamaha Announces New Oboes · Categories: Announcements

(I tend to think of oboes in the same way I think about cameras. If you know me you might know what I mean. If not, well … I guess you can always ask!)

Yamaha introduces the YOB-831 & YOB-831L oboes-long-awaited updates that increase warmth in the sound while retaining the bright and responsive feel for the player.
New features include a redesigned, thicker bell along with a unique taper and flare that promote a powerful sound with rich overtones. A new tone hole design has well-defined edges to provide increased resonance.
Additionally, unprecedented consistency and production precision of the 831L Duet+ model is due to the “ebonite” upper joint liner. The synthetic wood doesn’t contract or expand, resulting in outstanding overall performance and reliability.
“Players are increasingly demanding high-quality and even higher-performing instruments,” said Brian Petterson, marketing manager, wind instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Increasing the range of tone colors to include the warmer end of the spectrum will make this oboe increasingly popular with modern professionals and students alike. The consistent high quality in production expertly combines craftsmanship and technology, and the greatly increased range of sound characters make this oboe more exciting than anything else currently on the market.”
Pricing and Availability
Yamaha YOB-831 (MSRP: $9,239) and YOB-831L (MSRP: $10,608) will ship in January 2018.
For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2018 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 25-28, 2018, or http://4wrd.it/YamahaOboes

31. October 2017 · Comments Off on MTT To Step Down · Categories: Announcements, Conductors, News

Michael Tilson Thomas will step down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony at the end of the 2019-20 season, marking the end of the longest and arguably most significant chapter in the orchestra’s 106-year history.

Since taking up the position of music director in 1995, Thomas has overseen a remarkable transformation that has vaulted the San Francisco Symphony to a central position among the top orchestras of the United States and given it a distinctive profile on the international stage.

The move, announced to the orchestra on Tuesday, Oct. 31, is scheduled to coincide with both the end of Thomas’ 25th season at the organization’s helm and his 75th birthday in December 2019. He will remain with the Symphony in the newly created post of music director laureate, conducting at least four weeks each year and undertaking a variety of special programming projects.

“I guess part of my decision was just a matter of thinking in round numbers,” Thomas said in a phone interview. “I’ve been very pleased to see the development of the music making in the orchestra, and particularly the amazing quality of the new members coming in. So I’m taking this step with a lot of confidence in my colleagues, and a sense of satisfaction at the direction of this journey we’ve taken together.

“But in the big picture of my personal life, I’m looking forward to having less responsibility, and more time to devote to other projects — even ones not necessarily having to do with music.”

RTWT

03. October 2017 · Comments Off on Seattle Symphony Named Their New Music Director · Categories: Announcements, Conductors

… and it is Thomas Dausgaard. He begins in the 2019-2020 season.