21. October 2010 · Comments Off on Preparing for Audition · Categories: Auditions

As readers know, I don’t “do” auditions at this point in my life. I love my work. I love the groups I’m in.

And I’m way to chicken!

But if I were to write about how to prepare for auditions, I would immediately suggest that children get involved in your prep. Marching is always a great thing to do. And I highly recommend you play while flat on your back. Maybe put your feet up in the air, too. Yeah. I think that would be a great way to prepare!

I have fallen in love with this video:

(I did get permission to post this, and I do know this fine oboist. Just so you know!)


The University of Tennessee at Martin seeks highly qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Music – Applied Double Reeds. The position reports directly to the Chair of the Department of Music.

Specific responsibilities include teaching applied oboe and bassoon, chamber music ensembles and other classes as assigned. Other classes may include theory, woodwind methods, additional applied woodwinds and/or other classes commensurate with departmental needs and individual expertise.

Qualifications: Proficient performer on oboe or bassoon, qualified to teach both instruments. Masters degree required. Doctorate required for assistant professor rank and for tenure consideration at any rank.

This appointment is a nine-month, tenure track appointment commencing August 1, 2011. Rank and salary commensurate with experience.


21. October 2010 · Comments Off on YouTube Symphony Masterclass for Tchaik 4 · Categories: English horn, Oboe, Videos, YTSO

Diana Doherty:

Earlier posts:
Two takes on Mozart
Diana Doherty (oboe: Rossini & Strauss)
Christine Pendril (English horn: Dvorak)

21. October 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

What do an oboe and a baseball have in common? People cheer when you hit them with a bat.

21. October 2010 · Comments Off on Okay Then · Categories: Opera, Videos

Here is a timelapse video of the stage crew changing the stage from Figaro to Aida … to the music of Carmen.

Yeah, I’m confused too.

21. October 2010 · Comments Off on Making Music Together · Categories: Ramble, Videos

Music is my job. Music is work. And sometimes I forget that music is also joy. And community. And it can be great, great fun.

I think I want to have fun.

It’s rare for us classical folk to get together just to have fun making music. I wish we could do more of that.

I watched the video below of musicians playing together and thought, “Man, I really want to be able to do that … just climb up on stage and join fellow musicians as we play something we all know.” But when do we classical musicians ever do something like that?

(I’d never heard of a harp guitar until musician Verlene Schermer posted something on Facebook about buying one.)

21. October 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

“IBM makes mainframe young again” JK–Desperate attempt at hipness. Like tellng teenage boys that chicks dig the oboe

21. October 2010 · Comments Off on Mozart YouTube Masterclasses · Categories: Oboe, Videos, YTSO

Christoph Hartman, oboe player from the Berliner Philharmoniker, gives a master class for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 presenting Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314

And gee … here’s another masterclass on the Mozart, by Diana Doherty:


Earlier blog entries:
Diana Doherty (oboe: Rossini & Strauss)
Christine Pendril (English horn: Dvorak)