Required Materials

Oboe in good working condition
Oboe reeds (minimum of three working reeds)
Oboe reed case
Music (originals please!)

Recommended Materials

Miniature screwdriver. Music stand. Reed making equipment, including a good knife, cane, plaque, staples, thread, ruler, cutting block and sharpening stone.

(It is assumed that all students seriously pursuing oboe will be making their own reeds, but on the off chance that a student has yet to learn, reed making will be considered after four playing lessons have been completed.)

Students are required to attend weekly lessons. If I cancel a lesson a make up lesson will be offered (usually during finals week). If a student cancels a lesson I may or may not be able to schedule a make up lesson; I can’t make an extra trip to campus, as it’s nearly an hour’s drive. You are graded on attendance, and I expect students to arrive on time and prepared. An A is an earned grade, not an automatically deserved grade!

Recommended Reading:

Daryl Caswell: Reed Knife Sharpening
David Ledet: Oboe Reed Styles: Theory & Practice
Jay Light: The Oboe Reed Book
Sprenkle/Ledet: The Art of Oboe Playing
Patrick McFarland: Oboe Adjustment Guide
Carl Sawicki: The Oboe Revealed


1. Warm up

Initial G Warm Up Routine

Scales: Working on intonation, consistent timbre, note accuracy, smooth transition from note to note. Chromatic, major, melodic minor and whole tone scales.

Long tones: A-440. Working on intonation, support, embouchure, consistent timbre, note attack and release. 16 seconds each: mf, ff, pp, crescendo, decrescendo, crescendo-decrescendo and decrescendo-crescendo.

Thirds in all major keys

After the first few lessons, students are expected to warm up prior to the lesson, and any request for long tones and scales is up to the discretion of the teacher or request of the student (I’ll never refuse to hear them if requested!)

2. Etude
Sample books:
Andraud: Vade Mecum of the Oboist
Barrett: Barret Complete Oboe Method (ed. Martin Schuring)
Ferling: 48 Famous Studies, Book 1
Luft: 24 Etudes

3. Solo
Sample repertoire:
Bela Bartok, Bagpipes
Benjamin Britten, Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Domenico Cimarosa, Oboe Concerto (arr. Benjamin)
Eric Ewazen, Concerto for Oboe
attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn, Oboe Concerto (arr. Koch)
attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn, Oboe Concerto (arr. Rothwell)
Paul Hindemith, Oboe Sonata
Gordon Jacob, Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Alessandro Marcello, Concerto in C minor (Southern Music edition, same as C minor, often attributed to Benedetto Marcello)
Alessandro Marcello, Concerto in C minor (Breitkopf & Hartel edition) same as C minor, often attributed to Benedetto Marcello)
Alessandro Marcello, Concerto in D minor (Peters edition; same as C minor, often attributed to Benedetto Marcello)
Alessandro Marcello, Concerto in D minor (Schott edition; same as C minor, often attributed to Benedetto Marcello)
Mozart Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314
Astor Piazzolla, Oblivion
Francis Poulenc Sonata for Oboe and Piano (Revised 2004)
Camille Saint Saëns, Sonata For Oboe & Piano (Durand)
Camille Saint Saëns, Sonata For Oboe & Piano (C. F. Peters, edited by Zimmerman, urtext edition)
Robert Schumann, Three Romances for Oboe & Piano
Richard Strauss, Oboe Concerto
Georg Philipp Telemann, Sonata in A minor (arr. Andraud)
Georg Philipp Telemann, Sonata in g minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Concerto for Oboe & String Orchestra (Piano red.)
Antonio Vivaldi, Sonata in B, RV 34

4. Orchestral Studies
Sample books:
Orchestral Excerpts for oboe

The Orchestra Musician’s CD-ROM Library series:
Volume 1: Beethoven, Schubert and More
Volume 2: Debussy, Mahler and More
Volume 3: Brahms, Schumann and More
Volume 4: Tchaikovsky and More
Volume 5: Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov and More
Volume 6: Mozart and Haydn
Volume 7: Ravel, Elgar and More
Volume 8: Stravinsky, Bartok and More
Volume 9: Strauss, Sibelius and More

deLancie: 20th Century Orchestral Studies (not available at SheetMusicPlus)

Rothwell: Difficult Passages for Oboe and Cor Anglais: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Bach Volume

…and when time allows:

5. Duets and Chamber Music
Sample repertoire:
Barrett: Four Sonatas with Accompaniment of Second Oboe

Beethoven: Trio for Two Oboes and English Horn
Dring: Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano
Ferling: 48 Famous Studies and 3 Duos Concertante
Luft: Twenty-Four Etudes in Duet Form
Poulenc: Sextet
Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano

6. Sight Reading
On occasion orchestral excerpts will be pulled out. Orchestra auditions often include sight reading!

7. Reed making
I must be notified in advance if the student would prefer a
reed making lesson. For every four well prepared oboe lessons, a reed making lesson may be scheduled.

8. Written work
On rare occasions I may assign a paper. These assignments will be graded.

Repairs needed? Visit my Oboe Repair Contact List

Students may always contact me via email at any time: pmitchel [at] ucsc [dot] edu . I’m happy to receive questions, comments and requests. I usually respond in less that 24 hours.