08. April 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

yes, good idea to practice the oboe…why do I do torture myself?

08. April 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I’m sure that 100 years ago people who knew their Schoenberg knew their Kandinsky and the people who knew their Picasso knew their Stravinsky and that’s not the case any more now. There are many people who are interested in painting who don’t know and don’t care anything about music and vice versa. And it’s time really that we make that connection again.

-Daniel Barenboim

Do go read the whole thing!

08. April 2011 · Comments Off on Too True In Many Orchestras · Categories: Symphony

Peyton Place? Yep. Lots of times. And no, you won’t get stories from me! (But do younger readers even know what we’re talking about when we say “Peyton Place”?)

This article is about the married couples in the Virginia Symphony.

Orchestras, in general, can be kind of stressful places. Like Peyton Place, but accompanied by Bach. It’s hard to make a living. Full-time positions are highly coveted, then jealously guarded. If you are already married, and if both of you are lucky enough to land spots in the same orchestra, then it would be prudent to hang onto those jobs for as long as you both can. Especially if one of you plays a more obscure instrument. “For oboists, there are only a few jobs in an orchestra,” says Jorge Aguirre, who plays the violin. “I made the choice that if Sherie gets a job first, then I would follow.” Twenty-four years ago, oboist Sherie got the job in Virginia, and Jorge followed her from Spain. He got a position a few years later.

08. April 2011 · Comments Off on BachTrac™ · Categories: BachTrac™


08. April 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Flute

Glissando Headjoint Demo from Robert Dick on Vimeo.

Someone on Twitter (hi @nikkinotes) tweeted: “This is what happens when a trombone and a flute make a baby”. Hah!)

08. April 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

i find that quite impossible for our oboe player to fall of her bed and sprain her wrist?

(Oh I think I could manage this quite easily!)