28. February 2009 · Comments Off on TV QOD · Categories: Quotes, TV

It’s something losers put online so everyone can read.

-definition of “blog” by a character on NCIS

28. February 2009 · Comments Off on John Mack Oboe Camp in N.C. · Categories: Announcements

Just sent to me:

The 2009 John Mack Oboe Camp will take place June 6-12, 2009 at Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC. Teaching this summer will be Frank Rosenwein, Principal Oboist of The Cleveland Orchestra and Martin Hebert, Principal Oboist of the Oregon Symphony. John Symer will also give a class on oboe repair and adjustments. The emphasis of camp is standard etudes and orchestral excerpts. Enrollment is open to advanced high school students, college students and professionals. A limited number of auditors are also taken each year. Please check our website here for more information and to apply online.

I should probably set up a page for oboe camps as I’ve done in the past … I haven’t kept up with this stuff for a long time. But for now this will have to do.

28. February 2009 · 3 comments · Categories: BQOD

This symphony [Schubert #9 “The Great”] provides further proof that unless you want your orchestra to sound naked, you must pay up for a good oboe player. A mediocre oboist would hinder the first movement and would utterly destroy the second movement of this symphony.

28. February 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Anyone have a really beautiful wooden oboe in excellent working order that they’d like to give away to a nice kid??…thought not….

28. February 2009 · Comments Off on Too Far Away for Me … · Categories: News, Symphony

The announcements in the trade journals looked almost too good to be true: high salaries, free furnished housing, no-cost education for your children, no taxes.

A new orchestra was forming from scratch. The catch was the location: Doha, Qatar, a place where few of the young professional musicians from Berlin and Vienna and Budapest and Moscow thought they would end up.

But some 2,400 musicians from around the world auditioned, 101 were accepted, and lo, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra came into being last summer.


The job has its benefits. The musicians say it is satisfying playing with such high-level colleagues. The pay is excellent: a minimum of about $4,000 a month.

I still wouldn’t be willing to make the move, but the pay isn’t bad.