02. August 2019 · 5 comments · Categories: Ramble

I do love teaching. Students bring me such joy, and it’s a honor to guide them in their oboe adventure.

When students keep in touch and I learn about an impending marriage I find happiness in offering to play for their weddings. I’ve had the honor of doing this three times now. The last I played was a few years back. That student, who is one I have always held dear, has now had a baby! WHAT a wonderful time I had the other day spending with Caitlyn, her husband Héctor, Caitlyn’s mother Barb, and the guest of honor, baby Tahlia!

Caitlyn asked if I would bring my oboe and play for Tahlia. Talk about making me even more honored! That was something I had never been asked before, and doing so is something I will never forget.

With Caitlyn’s permission I post the video she just sent me. Thank you, thank you, Caitlyn! (I’m hoping I loaded this properly, as a unlisted video so it won’t be seen without my sharing it … I’m really not sure how all this works!)


  1. Precious! ???

  2. Those were three hearts, by the way!!!

  3. I can’t figure out WHY it won’t show the hearts! I selected something on WordPress that implies those should show up. Weird, right?

  4. The spelling is different, but you might try playing this piece: https://imslp.org/wiki/Talia_Trio_for_Oboe,_Viola,_and_Piano_(Fine,_Elaine) for her some day. I wrote it for my granddaughter named Talia.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I’m sorry to say I just don’t do much chamber music any longer. (My oboe days are quite numbered at this point, I think.)