17. May 2011 · Comments Off on Bruce Haynes, 1942-2011 · Categories: Losses

I just read that Bruce Haynes has died via the IDRS forum and Facebook. I have no more information at this point. A sad loss, to be sure.

17. May 2011 · Comments Off on To The Person Who Googled “elaine du bois oboe” · Categories: Ramble

… maybe you mean Elaine Douvas? Just a thought. It could actually be that there’s an oboist named Elaine Dubois out there too. (If so, do tell!)

Now to the one who googled “oboe jobs in pop groups” I’m really going to be pretty darn useless.

17. May 2011 · Comments Off on First Time Conductor · Categories: Conductors, Videos

This is a video of a man conducting an orchestra for the first time. It’s a fun watch.

He writes about it here. That article begins:

I can’t keep my eyes off the orchestra’s feet.

With their hands full of flutes, violins, violas, oboes, mallets and trombones, the 60-plus symphony members are left with their feet to keep time.

It’s a tangle of tapping sandals, hiking boots and Converse All-Stars. One woman taps with the front of her red satin flats, a man across the stage uses the heel of his wing-tips. A few in flip-flops tap with just their big toes, and a violinist in the throes of a finale arches her feet like a ballerina.

Well, if they are all tapping they have a nice additional rhythm section there, eh? 😉

17. May 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Quotes

One’s ego becomes less and less interesting as you get older, to oneself and to everyone else. I have been around it too long.

The less ego you have, the more influence you have as a conductor. And the result is that you can concentrate on the only things that really matter: the music and the people who are playing it. You are of no account whatever. But if you can help people to feel free to play as well as they can, that’s as good as it gets.

Sir Colin Davis


17. May 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Last night my buddy Chuck a fellow tuba player, told me that in the Brass Band the music indicated that the cornet should play “in an oboe style”. They asked the conductor to clarify and he responded,”Play it like an oboe”. To which the cornet player asked “Do you mean out of tune”?

17. May 2011 · Comments Off on Sad, But $100-$500 Is Pretty Darn Impossible · Categories: Asked Online

Oboes are expensive. This poor student is in for a rotten surprise:

Hello, Mr.Bridge.

I’m an advanced youth flute player, and I have other knowledge in other instruments such as other winds and strings. So I have a lot of music!
I would like to play oboe. I need help on what company I should get?
I’m in the middle of a Yamaha211 Student Oboe and i’m looking at some other ones but i’m not sure.
My price range is $ 100-500.
I’d greatly appreciate an answer.

Thank you so much!

I read it here.

17. May 2011 · Comments Off on Get Those Kids A’Listenin’! · Categories: Read Online

… but you don’t have to dumb it down. You don’t have to try to trick ’em, either. Just play the darn music!


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This lad looks less than enthused about classical music. (Actually, it’s a very young Nigel Kennedy, captured by a cameraman in 1964.)
It was early afternoon on a sunny Saturday. We were stuck in the car in heavy traffic. All three of us were bored and restless. All snacks had already been consumed and endless rounds of 20 Questions had already been played. We’d forgotten our iPods and our phones were running low on batteries. We were nowhere close to our destination.

“Are we there yet?” came a cry from the backseat at closer and closer intervals. In desperation, my husband fiddled with the car radio, and chanced upon the gleaming chords of Das Rheingold. Ah, the Metropolitan Opera broadcast and then, something that stunned us: glorious silence from the peanut gallery. Had we hit upon something that would stave off the impending meltdown?

“What’s this about?” finally came the querulous three-year-old’s voice. Sensing the possibility of a small reprieve, my brave spouse launched into a more than lightly edited précis of Wagner’s first Ring opera: a dwarf, a golden ring, three lovely river sprites, a kingdom full of interesting gods and goddesses.

“I wanna go see it!” she cried. When we gently told her that she might not like the entire story, and that it takes hours and hours and hours anyway, she promptly burst into genuine tears. She was burning to go to the opera and witness this story about the magical ring and all the people who wanted to own it. As adult Ring-lovers, our associations with this music might revolve around Wagner’s artistic genius, or, more grimly, about the composer’s repellent anti-Jewish writings. For our preschooler, the Ring sounded like a wonderful addition to her greatly beloved stable of princess stories. (Cinderella, Snow White, Brünnhilde … )

RTWT and enjoy!

17. May 2011 · Comments Off on ACappellaTuesday™ · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™

WIlliam Byrd: Haec Dies
The King’s Singers

17. May 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Fact # 11 : I play oboe and english horn, and of course things like recorder and ocarina. I always wanted to learn harp!