Category Archives: News and Updates

Wicked November

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I’m excited to announce I’ll be joining the National Tour of Wicked The Musical in November while in Jacksonville, Florida.  This will be my third time playing oboe/english horn on this particular show for the National Tour.  More information regarding studio closures, etc. will be announced when the dates are closer.

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Growth Mindset for Musicians

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We spend a lot of time discussing practice technique in lessons, but there is one aspect that is so clearly illustrated in this picture.  The idea of growth mindset can be a powerful tool in learning a new skill, and can be the difference that sets you apart as you foster your talent.  Try changing [...]

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Surprise oboe!

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Oboe surprise wedding music?  Why not!  As a gift from a parent out of the country, I came in to play “Gabriel’s oboe” and the Adagio movement of the Marcello Oboe Concerto at a local wedding. It was a total surprise for the bride and groom and I loved being introduced as a friend of [...]

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Back to Lessons!

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Welcome to a new year of making music!  My schedule is developing at the moment, but at this time I expect to be available for afternoon/after school lessons on Monday and Friday. Wednesday and Thursday are also likely days, but the lesson times may need to be later.  Please let me know what your preferences [...]

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Auditions open: Local Youth Orchestras

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  Verdugo Young Musicians Association: (Intermediate level Youth Orchestra) August 20 and 27 Glendale Youth Orchestra: August 18 and 25 Los Angeles Youth Orchestra: August 18 Pacific Academy Foundation: Every Saturday Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra: September 7 and 8 Auditions for Pasadena Youth Orchestra and Colburn Community School Advanced Orchestras have already taken place. Let me [...]

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Thanks for a great Reed Workshop!

It was a pleasure to spend three days with these young people teaching all about how to make reeds from tube cane to finished product.  Everyone has at least one reed that plays, and I call that a success!

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Concert Invite: Oleta Adams and AAYSO

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I am looking forward to playing principal oboe alongside the students in the Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra backing up vocalist Oleta Adams. More information about the concert below: An Evening with OLETA ADAMS and DAVID BENOIT Saturday June 29, 2019 – 8:00 PM: Benefit concert for youth in the arts featuring our guest artist [...]

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Reed Workshop – July 1-3, 2019

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It‘s back! The Reed Making Workshop is taking place July 1-3.  If your child is a rising 8th grader or older (some exceptions considered), please enroll them in this fun and in-depth look of how to make a reed!  Tanya Johnson of Reed Pros will be on hand the first day to provide supplies and [...]

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Santa Cecelia Arts Camp

Summer has started, but here is a fun summer camp opportunity: the Santa Cecelia Arts Camp in Eagle Rock. Arts, music, crafts, and fun! http://scorchestra.org/summer-arts-camp?sfns=mo

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Updates from the pit of Beauty and the Beast!

As I write this there are nine performances left of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast the musical in La Mirada. It has been a great couple of weeks, and there are still opportunities to see the show if interested. http://lamiradatheatre.com/ I wanted to give a peek of what it has been like in the pit for [...]

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