03. November 2014 · Comments Off on Lucarelli Retires from Hartt · Categories: Retiring

Humbert “Bert” Lucarelli, renowned oboist and professor of oboe at The Hartt School, will retire at the end of the 2014–2015 academic year after 47 years of teaching. Lucarelli joined The Hartt School’s instrumental music faculty in 1968.

Lucarelli remains a highly acclaimed oboe teacher who, in addition to his teaching at The Hartt School, has taught master classes for students all over the world. “Teaching is pivotal to my life in music,” he said recently. Lucarelli’s former students have gone on to hold prominent positions in orchestras all around the world. Throughout his lengthy tenure at Hartt, he also taught at a number of other colleges and universities, summer festivals, and oboe camps.

Lucarelli is not only a highly regarded oboe teacher but also a renowned performer, cited by The New York Times as “America’s leading oboe recitalist.” He has appeared extensively as a soloist with internationally known orchestras and chamber music groups throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Lucarelli also has performed and recorded with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fiedler, Kirill Kondrashin, Josef Krips, James Levine, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Artur Rodzinski, Sir Georg Solti, Leopold Stokowski, and Igor Stravinsky. Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano wrote an Oboe Concerto for him.

Lucarelli appears on recordings for Koch International, Vox, BMG Classics, Well-Tempered, Stradivari, and Special Music.

He is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship, Consortium Commissioning and Music Recording Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and recently has been named an Honorary Member of The International Double Reed Society.

Lucarelli earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.

“Bert Lucarelli will forever be remembered as one of our very best artist/teachers,” said Hartt School Acting Dean T. Clark Saunders. “He inspired a great number of Hartt students to go on to highly successful performing and teaching careers.”

A search for Lucarelli’s replacement will begin immediately.

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03. November 2014 · Comments Off on How Do You Play …? · Categories: Asked Online

Asked online:

Q: How do you play Star Wars on oboe?

A: The piece is in “Team Woodwind” for Oboe but the notes are a follows on paper:


Q: How do you play bad romance on the oboe?

A: With your mouth and fingers

and then there’s the old “Which is easier?” question:

Q: Is it harder to play the oboe or the bassoon?

A: probly oboes but it depends on you, oboeist tend to need thin fingers unlike bassoonists who need larger hands to reach keys. Bassoons also have a wider reed which is easier to work with

03. November 2014 · Comments Off on Hm …? French Horn … Oboe …? · Categories: Read Online

I would strongly suggest that you test your potential Oboe student’s ability to match pitch. I always say to my students they have to match pitch perfectly to play instruments like the Oboe and French Horn because it’s very easy to play the wrong note if you cannot hear it beforehand.

Well, yes, perhaps … but for rather different reasons, don’t you think? French hornists can play different notes with the same fingering, while we don’t. We just have a pesky reed and we can do a good amount of pitch bending with the things sometimes.

Still, I DO have my students match my tuner sometimes: I play a note on the tuner and tell them to continue to play even when I switch it over to tuning mode. Then I put the tuner on the stand (as they are still playing) to show them how close they managed to get. Most are pretty good at this, but some have to work on it for a while.

But maybe some of you disagree. Do you think it’s very easy to play the wrong note on oboe? I think it’s more of playing an out-of-tune note (as long as the fingering is correct, that is).

03. November 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I need an oboe ASAP.