Today I am back to my regular private studio schedule. Tomorrow I begin UCSC. Wednesday I have two Symphony Silicon Valley rehearsals for the weekend’s concerts (which sadly means I miss all of my Wednesday students this week). And so on ….

After some days of no oboing (after Nutcracker we took a short but fun vacation), and then starting up again, I do have my work cut out for me, and today and tomorrow will definitely be spent practicing and working on reeds, along with all the teaching.

Better busy than bored!

On the weekend’s program:

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra
Gordon Lee: Young Impressions of the Old City (world premiere)
Nikolais Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

The Rossini shouldn’t be a big deal for second oboe. The Gordon Lee has a lot of notes, and it’s got some moments that I’ll have to work out. I also go from the second oboe book to the English horn, so I have to make sure I have that clearly marked. (It doesn’t need an extra player, but the parts are separate.) Finally, there’s the (not so favorite piece for me) Scheherazade. Sigh. LOTS of notes. Lots of intonation stuff to deal with. And it’s a double, so I’ll be moving to English horn for one movement.

I have posted the following Karen Birch Blundell video before, but here it is again, so you can see that I’m not the only one who 1) isn’t a fan of the work and 2) thinks the doubling bit is a bit of a challenge.


  1. I go back to my jobs today too. Well, I’m already at the “real” job. And Figaro rehearsals start tonight.

  2. Sometimes I think a real job would be kind of nice, Mike. Other times not so much so. Guess I”ll never really know … but there’s something about that stability.

    Or maybe it doesn’t feel that way to you?

    We still have three more weeks before Figaro. First rehearsal is the 27th. You all have to do so much more … the only time I had a schedule like that was when I did the Luhrmann Boheme. I know it’s exhausting … but I sure felt like the work was in my blood by opening!

    Hope Figaro goes great! 🙂

  3. Heh, it’s the second time that I hear of a second oboist not liking Scheherazade. At least from audience’s seats it sounds wonderful. 🙂

  4. There are some works that I absolutely LOVE to play, and then when I hear them from the audience they don’t thrill me. There are some I HATE to play, but love from the audience (like Scheherazade). And then there are those works that I love no matter what. It happens …. 🙂