15. March 2009 · Comments Off on Today, Next Week, and Following · Categories: English horn, Oboe, Ramble, Symphony, Videos

So we finished up the Symphony Silicon Valley set a bit before 5:00 today. Not in the mood to make dinner, and Dan being sick, I decided to head to Whole Foods and pick up a variety of salads and cheeses, along with a baguette. And a bottle of wine to go with it. Yum.

Now we are watching the recorded Paris Nice bike race, since we couldn’t watch it during the day. Those guys are pretty darn incredible. But can any of them make an oboe reed?

This past set I played only Assistant Principal on the Schubert symphony (#9, “The Great”). It’s a curious position, really. It’s entirely devoid of stress. Unless something happens to the principal oboist. Then I’m suddenly in the hot seat. But of course that rarely happens. (And didn’t this week; our principal, Pam Hakl, did a wonderful job.) So I sit a lot, play a lot of the loud sections, and try to keep an eye on the principal in case she suddenly needs to swab her instrument and needs me to jump in. It feels insignificant, and yet I know it does really help out the principal. (For our first review, go here and see what Richard Scheinin has to say.)

I enjoyed Paul Haas. You can read about him here. I’d like to do another concert, where I actually have more to do, and maybe even something important to play. I wonder if we’ll see him back. I’d be fine with that.

So where do I go from here? This week is a couple of “kiddie concerts” on which I play second oboe. The next week it’s English horn, playing Roman Carnival Overture and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Some good solos in those! And nothing else. That’s right, the only notes the English horn plays are solo notes, really. (A few in the overture aren’t heard all that well, but I consider it all solo work.) I’m looking forward to the pieces, as I do love them. And I’m trying very hard not to be scared. We’ll see.

From there we move on to Carmen, where I sit principal. As you can see, I move around a lot … talk about musical chairs!


Department of Music


Double Reed Festival
Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2009

with guest artists

Jeffrey Rathbun
Associate Principal Oboe, Cleveland Orchestra

Steven Wilson
Bassoon, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.

Nashville Double Reed Ensemble
Freelance professional oboists, English hornists, bassoonists, and contrabassoonists

Guest Artists Recital
Friday, April 24, 8:00 pm, Ward Recital Hall

Registration, Master Classes and Mass Double Reed Ensemble
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
McMeen Music Center, Lipscomb University

Nashville Double Reed Ensemble and Guest Artists Concert
Saturday, April 25, 2009 7:00 pm, Collins Alumni Auditorium

For more information and pre-registration, contact:
Marilyn Smith: marilyn.smith [at] lipscomb [dot] edu (615) 966-5929

15. March 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Fun, Videos

15. March 2009 · Comments Off on YTSO · Categories: Symphony, Videos

No, I didn’t audition (figured 1) not good enough 2) too old) … and no, I didn’t get asked to go blog about them either. But I don’t have a vlog, and I guess that’s what they’d want, being YouTube and all, right? But anyway, here are a couple of videos that are fun to watch:

Going to Carnegie Hall with YTSO!

15. March 2009 · Comments Off on Slide Whistle Orchestra · Categories: Read Online

After several months of work, Fogel will, in two weeks, finally conduct a full, 100 person slide whistle orchestra, replete with analogous string, brass, woodwind and percussion sections, for a 90 minute baroque concert. The performance, which Fogel has billed as “Slides of the Seasons,” has already sold out in Scranton and may soon move to larger venues in other cities. “It’s a real dream come true,” said Fogel. “I never knew I had such boundless creative energy.”

I read it here, and I do hope we get a video of it sometime. 🙂

I just heard an NPR segment on Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony Orchestra. It made me want to investigate more.

“A new experience in a new time.”

I can’t find a website for the Soulful Symphony … maybe they need one?

Well of course they have a website. I was just too stupid to find it. Many thanks to Randy Foster! 🙂

The Dynamics Duo — Kelsey Reid and John Kirkner — will present “Bouree” and “Presto” by Bach. Kirkner is an oboe and tuba player from Pennsylvania with a music education degree.

Hmm. Someone chose to play oboe & tuba? What a combo, don’t you think? Some choices make sense to me. Some puzzle me. This one is the puzzling sort!