Beginning today, Jan. 5, low-income Oregonians can buy tickets to symphony, opera, ballet, chamber and vocal music for $5 each. A dozen groups in Portland have joined Music for All, a six-month pilot project to make concerts more accessible.

The program is aimed at people with Oregon Trail Cards using the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program).

Unsold seats at most performances will be available for $5, even those in the best locations that would normally cost up to $140 at Oregon Ballet Theatre, for example.

I read that (and more) here.

05. January 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I can’t play because you moved the piano and it is messing up the feng shui.

-said by a flute student to the instructor

And then you can check out other excuses on Chris Foley’s blog here, supplied by Jennifer Peterson.

Of course everyone knows that the oboist has a very legitimate excuse, and it always involves the word “reed”.

05. January 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

overheard in a bar: “oboe is for chumps.”

05. January 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe

I wanna be a “drinking straw oboist”. I hear it’s magnificent. Or at least that’s what I read!

If you take a drinking straw and squash one end flat for about an inch, and then cut the end to a point – as in the illustration below – you will be the proud possessor of a drinking straw oboe. Some of you might now be content with simply owning one of these magnificent instruments without playing it. This is perfectly understandable – we all know that leaving musical instruments lying around your apartment makes you a lot more attractive to the opposite sex… However, I advise you to press on, and acquire the heady skills of the proficient drinking straw oboist.

To play the oboe just clamp it between your lips – about half way along the squashed flat bit – and blow hard enough that the breath squeezes past the pressure of your lips and flows through the straw. You should produce a rather annoyed sounding musical note – rather like a wasp trapped in a lightshade.

I have a feeling I’d be much more successful at making drinking straw reeds.

Many thanks to Tim Dowd for pointing me in the direction of the article!

05. January 2011 · Comments Off on Sleep Apnea? Try a Double Reed! · Categories: Read Online

… and yet I know at least one double reed player who has sleep apnea. Hmm.

But here’s what I read:

Musicians who play this high-resistance woodwind instrument appear less likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea, according to this study reported during the meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies by researchers from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, in Texas.

First, the details.

901 professional musicians were surveyed.
And, the results.

Overall, 5% of musicians reported an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis
29% were at high risk for it.
There was no statistically significant difference between instrumentalists and noninstrumentalists — conductors and singers.
The risk of apnea according to instrument type was significantly higher for those who played high-resistance woodwinds vs noninstrumentalists and for other instrumentalists.
High-resistance woodwind instruments are those in the double-reed category — oboes, English horns, and bassoons.
The bottom line?
It’s possible that the mouthpiece used in double-reed instrument has “characteristics that would help sleep apnea patients,” speculated Dr. Dennis Nicholson from Pomona Valley Hospital, in California.

Maybe, but researchers from Switzerland report, “Regular didgeridoo playing [high resistance? definitely not a double reed woodwind] is an effective treatment alternative well accepted by patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.”

… so maybe that anyone who still has sleep apnea with oboe or bassoon should check out the didgeridoo, eh? It’s a much more fun word, in any case!

I read about this here.

05. January 2011 · Comments Off on Western Michigan University: Double Reed Festival · Categories: Double Reed Days and Festivals

Straight from the web page:

Dear Double Reed Friends:

We are pleased to announce that Western Michigan University’s Double Reed Festival 2011 is scheduled to take place Friday* and Saturday February 11-12, 2011! This year our featured guests are Oboist Rebecca Henderson from the University of Texas-Austin and Bassoonist Karen Pierson from Ohio State University.

Dont miss this exciting opportunity to spend a day immersed in the sounds of the oboe and bassoon. Led by WMU’s acclaimed double reed faculty, Wendy Rose and Michael Miller! Students will have the opportunity to perform in and attend master classes by guest artists and WMU faculty!

This year, we are offering a new program that is aimed towards music teachers and middle school students and many more opportunities to play your instruments and make some music! More information about DRF Events will be posted soon!

Please send this information to your oboe and bassoon friends, band directors, double-reed enthusiasts, and anybody you think would be interested in this wonderful opportunity, Double Reed Festival is for everyone of all ages and playing levels!

Check back here regularly for more information!

We look forward to seeing you!
— Dr. Rose, Dr. Miller
and the WMU Double Reed Festival Team

* Commencing with a free chamber music recital Friday evening at 8:15pm in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall!!!!

WMU School of Music Website:

Info found here.

05. January 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

To the oboe player playing tag and ymca very “musically”…no. You can stop now.

05. January 2011 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

I can’t tell you much about this one. I ran it through google translator … here’s what I was given (obviously not quite right):

Woodwind Trio is composed Hukushima Hirokazu said. Flute oboe clarinet is played. Idyllic melody is impressive in some way. Using fully automatic instrument oboe Josef Kurementomoderu

If anyone reads Japanese maybe you can fill us all in!