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Free Double Reed Day at SHSU

Music Professors Bring Day Devoted to Oboists and Bassoonists to SHSU.

Double Reed Day provides free activities to college and surrounding community.

by Emily Binetti

Free and open to all skill levels Double Reed Day will be hosted by the Sam Houston State University School of Music on October 16, 2016, from noon to 6:00pm in the James and Nancy Gaertner Preforming Arts Center.

The event, dedicated to oboists and bassoonists of all ages, will be presented by Prof. Season Summers and Dr. Nathan Koch, double reed faculty at SHSU, will host masterclasses with Arizona State University’s Martin Schuring on oboe and Albie Micklich on bassoon, as well as Alexander Technique sessions with Houston-based practitioner Andrea Fedele. The day will end with a final concert.

“The masterclasses will feature performances by both high school and college double reed players as they receive instruction from our Guest Artists,” said Koch. “The brief final concert will feature a performance of large double reed ensemble pieces played by all attendees of the day. They are incredibly fun arrangements for this unique ensemble, and may include Bizet’s Overture to the opera Carmen, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, and Soler’s Royal Fanfare.”

Several prominent double reed vendors from around the country will have booths, presenting a great opportunity for area musicians to stock up on necessary supplies, and some vendors will have instruments for sale, providing a nice selection of oboe and bassoon models.

Double Reed Day is Free and open to all ability levels, but preregistration through the School of Music’s website is encouraged.

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