29. March 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

Haha, so lately I’ve been, erm, I dunno, behaving like a 50 year-old, and listens to many, many classical pieces.

29. March 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

OK, Olivia is officially AWESOME. The actress playing her is named “Anna”, she played the oboe (albeit for only 6 months), and she can turn lights off with her mind!!!

29. March 2010 · Comments Off on Congratulations! · Categories: UCSC

If you have been admitted to UCSC, congratulations! I don’t envy high school students these days; getting into colleges, universities and conservatories is getting more and more difficult. You all are under so much more stress than I was back in the dark ages.


If you are thinking of a music major, or even if you are just interested in oboe at UCSC, please feel free to contact me at pmitchel [at] ucsc [that dot thing you put here] edu. I’m always happy to meet with prospective students if we can make schedules work. (I am on campus on Tuesdays, so if you are making plans, do keep that in mind, please.)


You just can’t beat the beauty at UCSC. I really need to post more pictures from the campus.

UCSC Trees


Here is my starting page for UCSC students.

29. March 2010 · Comments Off on Bay Area Arts · Categories: News

It’s a twist of dramatic irony worthy of the stage: Major Bay Area arts groups are, surprisingly, having a robust year at the box office, but slumping donations, absentee tech giants, and diminishing government and foundation funding have left many of them limping out of the long, hard recession.

“This is shaping up as our most difficult year yet,” says Andrew Bales, president of Symphony Silicon Valley. “We continue to fight the good fight.”


… and who is expecting a deficit or not.

29. March 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

Too True!

I think if you take any trained musician (be it pianist, violinist, singer – yes, we’re musicians, too!) they will all marvel at the dichotomy that is Mozart. His music bares a complexity that boggles the brain, and yet it requires the utmost simplicity to execute. It somehow carries a mastery of mathematics and symmetry, and yet it wafts off the page into something airy and indescribable, achingly human in its entirety. I think part of the equation involves simply getting out of our own way, and letting that perfect balance of complexity and simplicity work it’s magic. But that’s a tall order, because it takes a mountain of technical mastery to even make it through the phrases: too much emoting, and it somehow becomes self-indulgent; not enough purity of line from both the voice and the orchestra, and we become too aware of the difficulty at hand.

-Joyce DiDonato

I read it here.

28. March 2010 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Ride On King Jesus

28. March 2010 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Georg Schumann: How Great are Thy Wonders

(Sorry, but I just didn’t find any Palm Sunday work I wanted to put here.)

27. March 2010 · Comments Off on Some Folks Sure Have Fun With The Oboe · Categories: Videos

I’ll just let these speak for themselves, aside from saying these are happy people (and some are a wee bit … um … interesting!):

27. March 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online, Videos

so me and my friend were really bored one day and i decided to let him play on this really crappy marching oboe i had just sitting in the corner in my room. hes playing on an extremely old reed….

Do not march with an oboe! Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

Got it?

I read it on this YouTube video page:

27. March 2010 · Comments Off on Someone Was In A Hurry To Get Home, I Think! · Categories: Videos