03. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Retiring

Humbert “Bert” Lucarelli, renowned oboist and professor of oboe at The Hartt School, will retire at the end of the 2014–2015 academic year after 47 years of teaching. Lucarelli joined The Hartt School’s instrumental music faculty in 1968.

Lucarelli remains a highly acclaimed oboe teacher who, in addition to his teaching at The Hartt School, has taught master classes for students all over the world. “Teaching is pivotal to my life in music,” he said recently. Lucarelli’s former students have gone on to hold prominent positions in orchestras all around the world. Throughout his lengthy tenure at Hartt, he also taught at a number of other colleges and universities, summer festivals, and oboe camps.

Lucarelli is not only a highly regarded oboe teacher but also a renowned performer, cited by The New York Times as “America’s leading oboe recitalist.” He has appeared extensively as a soloist with internationally known orchestras and chamber music groups throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Lucarelli also has performed and recorded with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fiedler, Kirill Kondrashin, Josef Krips, James Levine, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Artur Rodzinski, Sir Georg Solti, Leopold Stokowski, and Igor Stravinsky. Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano wrote an Oboe Concerto for him.

Lucarelli appears on recordings for Koch International, Vox, BMG Classics, Well-Tempered, Stradivari, and Special Music.

He is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship, Consortium Commissioning and Music Recording Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and recently has been named an Honorary Member of The International Double Reed Society.

Lucarelli earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.

“Bert Lucarelli will forever be remembered as one of our very best artist/teachers,” said Hartt School Acting Dean T. Clark Saunders. “He inspired a great number of Hartt students to go on to highly successful performing and teaching careers.”

A search for Lucarelli’s replacement will begin immediately.

Found here.

There are currently three oboe players in the San Antonio Symphony. Mark Ackerman is one of them. He is also one of only about 100 people in the U.S. who can call himself a professional oboist.

… really? Only 100 in the United States? Can anyone verify this? I have a sneakin’ suspicion this isn’t quite right.

That being said (written, really) you can read about the retirement of Mark Ackerman, in the rather odd article.

23. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News, Retiring

Wow … he’s had one long career!

A living legend in the Bay Area classical music community has announced he is retiring. Art Barnes has conducted the Livermore-Amador Symphony for 50 years.


I met “Dr. Barnes” (as I knew him then) when I was sixteen and went to a music camp with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. I played the Mozart Oboe Quartet and he was incredibly complimentary. I will never forget his encouragement there!

The final performance of the season closer will be followed by a program that will pay tribute to Gabay and showcase some of her work. Gabay danced for 34 seasons with the company. “A Tribute to Ballet San Jose’s Karen Gabay” takes place April 21, 7 p.m. at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.


I’ve always enjoyed Karen Gabay, and I am convinced that woman barely ages. I knew she’d retire eventually, but I’m sorry it’s now, and I’m sorry I’m not playing the set so I miss saying goodbye.

Wishing you all the best, Karen! You have always touched my heart!

This video is from 3 years ago or so:

27. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: News, Oboe, Retiring

I received this news via Delmar Williams and the IDRS. I’ll have to look for nay articles about his retirement later, as I have to leave for work!

Oboist Jim Gorton is retiring in July 2012 after 41 years with the Pittsburgh Sym. He, along with his wife Gretchen Van Hoesen and daughter Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, will celebrate his career by playing the Goosens “Concert Piece for Oboe, Two Harps and Orchestra” in Jim’s final subscription concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

27. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: News, Oboe, Retiring

Minnesota Orchestra Principal Oboe Basil Reeve plays final solo of his 41-year tenure

In a pair of Minnesota Orchestra concerts led by British conductor Mark Wigglesworth, longtime Principal Oboe Basil Reeve plays his final concerto solo before retiring from the Orchestra at the close of the current season. The concerts, held on April 27 and 28, feature the North American premiere of the Michael Berkeley Oboe Concerto, a deeply expressive work for soloist and string orchestra, and a full performance of Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloe, a masterpiece of musical impressionism. The Minnesota Chorale, the Orchestra’s principal chorus, performs in Daphnis and Chloe.