Author Archives: Victoria

Virtual CM 2021

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The announcement has been made that Certificate of Merit 2021 will be conducted entirely virtually. While this isn’t a surprise, it will take some adjustments in certain areas. Please begin thinking about if you would like your child to participate in CM this year. The registration process begins October 1 – 31, and the exams […]

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AP Theory ONLINE Class

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The Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University is now offering an introductory college-level AP Music Theory course for students in grades 9–12 fully online. Students will be prepared to take the AP Theory test in the spring after completing this 30 week course. For more information about the course and to register, visit the […]

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VYMA Youth Orchestra

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For my intermediate level students – consider signing up for the Verdugo Young Musicians Association’s Youth Orchestra. Each week there are coaching sessions with professional musicians (me!) and a culminating concert. This semester looks different of course, so instead of coaching and full ensemble rehearsal it’s coaching via zoom and a final virtual orchestra piece […]

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Peabody Conservatory Seminars

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More information on the website HERE!

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Oboe mask/bell cover set

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Check out this listing on Etsy for masks made to be worn while playing oboe or clarinet, and matching bell cover. In case you are lucky enough to be playing in person with other people but need/are required to have masks or bell covers! I ordered a set for myself to get an idea of […]

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Need reeds?

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Now that school is about to start, young oboe players will need new reeds for the fall. Here are some recommendations: Advantage USA Reeds – I suggest Emerald cane oboe reeds in MS-MH for 5-8th grade, Allan concert oboe reeds in M/MH for 7-10th grade, and Marlin Lesher pro oboe reeds in MH for 10-12th […]

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Making masks and bell covers for oboe

The latest study regarding aerosol transmission from instruments is out and it points to a need for reducing the emission by oboists. Yikes! Time to start experimenting with masks and bell covers to be used while playing, in case I ever get to play with people again 😉 This is a summary of the study […]

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LAYO seeking woodwind players!

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The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra is putting together its fall season in a unique way, and is looking for intermediate and advanced woodwind players. Auditions take place August 16 and 23 on Zoom, so check out the website for more information if you are interested.

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Back to school and lessons

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This school year sure is turning out to be a surprise for us all!  We have decided to homeschool my two kids ourselves this year. While this gives me more flexibility with my schedule, it will likely prevent me from doing in person lessons for the foreseeable future. I appreciate your understanding as we all […]

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Video: San Diego Oboe Section virtual trio

I love this example of working together while separate! The oboists from the San Diego Symphony made a video of Stravinsky’s Serenata from Pulcinella. Enjoy!

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