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Clean your instrument!

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I know you can’t necessarily believe everything you read on the internet, but this I believe!  A good reminder to swab out your oboe after every playing session!

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Time to enroll for Certificate of Merit 2019

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October 1 marks the opening of enrollment for CM 2019!  Certificate of Merit (CM for short) is a performance and study program designed to grow with the students to give them performance experience and to help make a more well rounded musician.  It involves a performance of prepared technique (scales, etc), sight reading, and solo [...]

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San Francisco Conservatory – New Degree Program in Auxiliary Winds!

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There is a new kind of degree available from the San Francisco Conservatory which is the first of its kind – specializing in auxiliary instruments!  When an advanced oboist learns to play english horn it is in addition to study on the oboe, so this program is one of a kind.  More information through the press [...]

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How Does An Oboe Make A Sound?

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Quick video featuring Sydney Symphony’s principal oboe Diana Doherty explaining how an oboe makes sound.  Simplistic explanation and fun opportunity to hear a beautiful oboe sound! Available on social media platforms from ABC Classic FM Australia as  #howmusicworks.   Facebook and Twitter

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CS Arts Preview Days

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Want to learn more about California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley?  Join them for preview days this fall! More information and to register visit: http://sgv.csarts.net/admissions/preview-days

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Los Angeles Youth Orchestra – still looking for intermediate oboe players

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The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra is seeking oboe students to join their intermediate orchestra for the Fall 2018 semester.    Make up auditions take place this Sunday, September 16th as well as Sunday, September 23rd, around noon. Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons in Encino.    Students must currently be taking private lessons and be [...]

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Music Center’s Spotlight Auditions

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Students of all skill levels  are encouraged to apply to this year’s Spotlight academy at the Music Center.  Categories include acting, ballet, classical instrumental, classical voice,  jazz instrumental, non-classical dance, non-classical voice.  Free applications are due October 15. Winners receive: -develop and strengthen audition, presentation and performance skills -Opportunity to receive cash scholarships -Feedback from arts professionals -Attendance [...]

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Oboe Cop

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I like to explain to my students at the oboe has the responsibility of setting intonation for the woodwind section. This is a silly meme for a principal oboe player who takes it too seriously when the woodwinds are out of tune!

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VYMA Youth Orchestra Auditions!

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Please see the attached flyer for the Verdugo Young Musician’s Association Youth Orchestra – a wonderful, encouraging and fun environment for intermediate musicians to get orchestra experience.  And I get to coach woodwinds every week!  

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New Youth Orchestra Opportunity- Pacifica Academy Foundation

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There is a new youth orchestra opportunity for IE or Orange County young musicians – the Pacifica Academy Foundation meeting in Irvine.  

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