30. April 2013 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

anybody know where I can get pads for oboereal quick n reasonably cheap.good quality

30. April 2013 · Comments Off on Victoria’s Oboe · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Cute …

“Victoria’s Oboe” from Jonathan Bower on Vimeo.

Yep … we are divas. But then there’s the flutist… 😉

“This sound isn’t ugly enough so I have more work to do.” Hah! 😉

… and there are some other fun quotes as well. Made me smile.

30. April 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

I really need to learn how to make my own oboe reeds.

(Me too!)

29. April 2013 · Comments Off on Prince Fielder · Categories: Read Online

When I read the headline I thought they were talking about Prince as in “Purple Rain” prince. Silly me! And I’m even a baseball fan. Go figure.

Prince goes classical with walk-up music

Prince Fielder might qualify as a classic left-handed slugger. He now qualifies as a classical hitter.

When Fielder stepped to the plate for his first at-bat Thursday afternoon, his at-bat music was different — not just for him, but for any Major League hitter. It was Mozart’s Requiem, classical music with a dramatic tone.

It has shown up in movies, which is where Fielder apparently received the inspiration.

“I liked the Batman sound, the superhero sound,” Fielder said.

Fielder has been known to change his walk-up music more than once during a season, and he has toyed around with different ideas for his at-bats. This, however, was a new one.

“I don’t know, I liked it,” Fielder said.

I read it here.

29. April 2013 · Comments Off on Repost II: Every Donation Counts! · Categories: Announcements, Can You Help?

It can small, but it all adds up. This sweet couple could really use our help. Won’t you please consider a donation?

Some friends of mine are dealing with tough times. Cooper and Namju, I pray for you daily, and I think of you so frequently.


This is from another oboe playing pal, Anne Krabill:

Cooper and Namju Wright live in Arizona where Cooper, a talented oboist, is finishing his doctoral degree at ASU. They have been married for seven years.

In October, 2012, during a visit to her family in Korea, Namju was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few days before Cooper was scheduled to play an important doctoral recital. Namju is still in Korea, having endured surgery and chemo, and then more surgery. Her doctors have advised a course of treatment which will require Namju to remain in Korea for at least another six months.

There is no convenient time for cancer to strike, but for this young couple the timing could not be worse. Namju has not been able to return to her job in Arizona, Cooper has been studying and teaching while his wife is in Korea and the separation has been extremely difficult for them.

Expenses have been mounting – medical bills, mortgage payments, student loans, and general living expenses. Cooper spent a couple of months in Korea immediately after Namju’s diagnosis, but had to return to Arizona in December. He will go back to Korea in May to be with Namju until October.

It is always difficult to ask for help but it is time for friends and family, and even those who have not met this lovely couple, to help in any way they can. No amount is too small or too large.

Any amount which you could contribute would be gratefully received.

Just click here to give. Thank you so much!

29. April 2013 · Comments Off on And Now We Are Done · Categories: Opera

We had our final Opera San José performance yesterday. The Puccini double bill was great fun, and mostly a no-stress run for principal oboe. It was a fun way to end the season.

BUT … (you knew I had to do that, right?) … it did end up having one tiny bit of stress for yours truly. Prior to the last few shows a dear friend and colleague told me he really loved hearing me play one part of Gianni Schicchi: while the family is reading the will I have two little ditties. After each the family reacts to the sad news that they are out of the will. The solos are typical “pattymusic” really, and I loved playing them. But once he told me he liked them I then was fearful. I didn’t worry about blowing the solos, but I worried that now I wouldn’t play them the way he liked them. Just how crazy can I be, eh?

This was a fun year at the opera. I only wish more people would attend. I think the group is a real treasure, and I think San José doesn’t know what they have here with these young singers.

I’m looking forward to next season, but first there is the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition. I’m hoping to get there, although I’m not sure what this Saturday will bring yet. I’ve been twice and it’s a real treat to hear the amazing voices.

If you are interested in next season you can download the brochure!

29. April 2013 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Back to real life, but with a new oboe! Hurrah for Oboefest Argentina and all the wonderful people I was able to meet!

29. April 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Playing an instrument makes you 7493859 times more attractive” unless it’s an oboe!! 😀

29. April 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: Videos

And from the YouTube page:
For more information and to donate, visit: http://crowdrise.com/smusicfightscancer/


28. April 2013 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Deep River, arr. Matthew Culloton
The Singers