29. November 2010 · Comments Off on Beautiful Story · Categories: Read Online

We are born with a gene for making music. … My job is to find out where that music is in this population and get it out.

-Paula Moore

Do read the article about this woman and the group of people she works with. I think you will be moved, as I was.

Remember that young incredibly talented oboist from last week? Well, she’s back!

I still have no more information about her. I know she’s eleven. I believe her name is Yeonsu. I know these videos are from the “Yeonsu Kumho Prodigy Concert”, whatever that is. But that’s it. I’d love to know more!

29. November 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

Another performer, who played oboe but lost three fingers on his playing hand in an accident, recently had a customized oboe commissioned to accommodate his lost fingers, according to O’Riley.

Okay … um … which is the “playing hand”?

But mostly I’d love to know more about this musician and his oboe. I’ve always just assumed that if one lost fingers that would be the end of the oboe. I’m hoping to read more about this somewhere.

I read it here.

Found this:

We also do a where-are-they-now show twice a year, in which we will play with the kids who have previously appeared on the show. Some of the follow-up stories are quite fascinating. There was this young oboe player who lost three fingers in his right hand in a kitchen accident and went to University of Southern California with an ambition to learn French horn; there, he actually found a way to design an oboe that he would be able to play with the remaining fingers, so now he can continue to play the oboe.

Wow. I’m impressed! I’d love to see this oboe he’s designed!

29. November 2010 · Comments Off on La Scala di Seta · Categories: Concert Announcements

I’ve never heard this opera. All oboists know the overture, but how many know the full opera, I wonder?

On Sunday evening, December 5, at 8 PM, there will be a free student-organized production of Gioacchino Rossini’s one-act comic farce, “La Scala di Seta” in the Concert Hall of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This opera is one of those “secret marriage” comedies with a libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa. The title refers to the silken ladder used by the secret spouse (Dorvil) of the heroine (Giulia) to gain access to her bedroom.

Stage direction for this production will be by Ragnar Conde. Roberto Kalb will conduct members of the Conservatory Orchestra along with vocal soloists Georgia Duan (Giulia), Michael Desnoyers (Dorvil), Emmanuel Franco (Germano), Charles Oppenheim (Blansac), Evgenia Chaverdova (Lucilla), and Alan Briones (Dormont).

I read the above here

Thanks to Elliott Burke for bringing this to my attention!

29. November 2010 · Comments Off on Asked Online · Categories: Asked Online

Alright, so I’ve been playing Clarinet since I began band in the 5th grade. I love clarinet, don’t get me wrong, but I was one of those people who “finger learned” to play it (Meaning I learned when to finger the right fingering and not the actual notes). Now, being in the 9th grade, It’s become increasingly hard for me to play my Clarinet (I’m not HORRID at it, but I’m not the best player either.) So, my teacher suggested that I switched instruments. He suggested maybe Saxophone or Bari. Sax, and I considered playing the Bari. Sax for a while… but then during our instrument step up sale recently, I found and tested an Oboe. I immediately fell in love with it, and according to a Bassoon player who had heard Oboe playing before, I “wasn’t half bad”. So, now, I suggested it to my teacher, and he said that I’d half to work amazingly hard to become good at it.

I REALLY want to play Oboe but the fingerings are different, and I’m concerned that I’ll be really bad.

So, what should I do?

I would first answer, “Learn to read music!” From the sound of it this student is switching because he/she has “finger learned”. What’s going to change if the kiddo switches instruments? Hmmm.

29. November 2010 · Comments Off on Oboe Outside My Little World · Categories: OutsideMyWorld™

Finally, a song about good reeds!

Trio Rococo playing Brian Wilson’s famous “Good Vibrations” in a special arrangement by Niels Eje (composer of the MusiCure CD series) from the album “Friends”, Gefion Records.

Trio Rococo:
Niels Eje: Oboe,
Berit Spælling: Harp,
Inge Mulvad Eje: Cello

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

Music is the sound of the human heart, shaped and guided by the mind. It is the sounding of the human consciousness in all its possible states of being.

-George Rochberg

I read it here.

29. November 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

i just bought another oboe….cuz you know, 20 instruments in one house wasn’t enough…i think it’s time for intervention.

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

Rain makes me happy I’m inside teaching oboe lessons. Hard to teach when students stare longingly out window at blue skies.