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June 24-28, 2024

Hosted by CSU, Sacramento and Cindy Behmer – Sacramento, California

Expert repair & adjustment instruction by Mark Chudnow

Looking for an opportunity to enhance your skills and reach greater heights? Look no further than the intensive master classes and quality instruction offered by the LA Philharmonic Solo English Hornist. You will leave feeling motivated and ready to achieve your goals!

Visit the website, link below, for more details… Application available February 15th.

15. January 2018 · Comments Off on SFCM Masterclass Sampler · Categories: Masterclass, Oboe

with Eugene Izotov, Mingjia Liu, and Russ deLuna

And now I’m even MORE humbled, hearing Mr. Izotov play piano.

From Mr. Izotov’s page: Some terrific playing by our wonderful students Tim Daniels and Casey Kearney:

12. October 2017 · Comments Off on Reminder: Scott Hostetler Masterclass, October 21 · Categories: Masterclass, Oboe

Questions? Contact Gabrielle Castriotta at gmcastriotta [at] gmail [dot] com
(If I could attend I would. Alas, symphony calls!)

And here … have a campus map too!

27. September 2017 · Comments Off on Scott Hostetler Master Class · Categories: Masterclass, Oboe

Received via email:

Dear California oboe friends,

I am thrilled to host a masterclass by Scott Hostetler, English horn for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-3:30pm. Scott was my teacher at Northwestern University, where he still teaches, and he also teaches at the John Mack Oboe Camp in North Carolina. The event is FREE and open to the public. More importantly, I still have performances spaces for the masterclass available. Please let me know if you or your students (advanced high school and up) are interested in playing or attending. Performers are free to play anything they wish, be it oboe or English horn, excerpts or solo repertory.

More information can be found here: There is also a facebook event page: I have attached a flyer; feel free to send it along to anyone who might be interested. Hope to see you there!


02. March 2016 · Comments Off on Wonderful! · Categories: Masterclass, Videos

“If Mozart Was Haydn…” – Eugene Izotov discusses Mozart’s Oboe Concerto

Excerpt from Eugene Izotov’s Masterclass at the 2015 Music Academy of the West
Ian Woodworth, oboe; Carina Inoue, piano

I love the “It has to be magic right away. No pressure.”


Okay … do you want more? Of course you do!

12. February 2016 · Comments Off on Dudamel Masterclasses · Categories: Masterclass, Read Online

I just received this:

Join Gustavo Dudamel at UC Berkeley for Public Master Classes & Conversation
On Saturday, February 20, Gustavo Dudamel returns to UC Berkeley for two master classes with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra plus a “Berkeley Talks” conversation with Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky.

The events are free and open to the public.


These appearances complete Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela’s 2015-16 Berkeley RADICAL residency begun in September 2015. Cal Performances’ Berkeley RADICAL (Research and Development Initiative in Creativity, Arts and Learning) is a framework to cultivate public artistic literacy and create cultural access for diverse current and future audiences.

05. March 2014 · Comments Off on Robert Atherholt Masterclass · Categories: Masterclass

Robert Atherholt Masterclass Series

Robert Atherholt

May 28-31, 2014
Ball State University’s School of Music is proud to host the impressive teacher and oboist Robert Atherholt. Join us for four full days of classes!

Special Performance
The series will close with a recital by Atherholt on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Sursa Performance Hall.

Read more here

19. August 2008 · Comments Off on Ray Still Masterclass in VA · Categories: Announcements, Masterclass

September 20, 2008
10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm
Chandler Hall, Old Dominion University

RAY STILL, former principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony, is acknowledged to be one of the greatest living performers on his instrument. His teachers were Philip Melomi, Fernand Gillet, Bruno Labate and Robert Bloom. The great Henride Busser was a profound influence in early years.
He began his career as principal oboe with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony. and then the Chicago Symphony for 35 years, playing under all the major conductors in the last half of the 20th century: Fritz Reiner, Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Claudio Abaddo, James Levine and Daniel Barenboim to name just a few.

His many solo recordings include Quartets for Oboe and Strings with fellow artists Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Lynn Harrell, Schumann Romances for oboe and piano with John Perry, and the Bach Wedding Cantata with Kathleen Battle, James Levine and the CSO strings.

Master Class for professionals and advanced students: Mr. Still will cover a wide range of oboe repertoire: solo and orchestral. He will deal with common technical problems in performance, and include a talk, “It’s all in the breath.”

Private lessons will be available by appointment on September 19th. Please call or e mail for a time

Fee: $100 participant, $20 auditor, $75/ one hour lesson

More info: Call Sherie Aguirre: (757) 537-9566 or email: sherie [dot] aguirre [at]
or visit Ray Still website:

Bill Bennett held a Ray Still Masterclass at San Francisco Conservatory about four years ago. I and a student of mine were able to attend. (No, we didn’t play.) Mr. Still loves to talk, and was great fun to listen to. I did share some of his quotes at my old oboe site way back when, and here they are again (yes, there were many, many more. I suspect I didn’t save all those notes, and some things he said were so hysterical or fabulous.):

[Too many musicians are] too involved with doing and not listening.

Demand more of yourself.

In order to play musically you have to learn the art of exaggerating.

Those pushups … get away from them! … you need those muscles mushy!

Notes, usually to be musical, have to move in or out. They don’t sound like clarinets!

-Ray Still