Category Archives: News and Updates

Invitation to join VYMA Youth Orchestra

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The Verdugo Young Musicians Association is a wonderful group for intermediate to advanced musicians to play orchestra music in an encouraging and fun environment.  There is a youth orchestra (intermediate) that works with me weekly as the oboe coach, in addition to a full orchestra rehearsal.  Then there is also a chamber orchestra that plays [...]

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Back to school, back to oboe lessons!

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I hope you have had a quiet and restorative summer.  Or maybe you’re like me, and can’t wait to get back to the predictability of the fall schedule!  It’s time to discuss weekly oboe lessons.  I know that many schools are starting soon, and you will shortly have an idea of what your time looks [...]

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New Book: Illustrated Lessons of Oboe, Music and Life From Joe Robinson

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I was so excited to learn of a book by Oshri Hakak called “Illustrated Lessons of Oboe, Music and Life From Joe Robinson.”  My students know that Joe Robinson is one of my favorite oboe players and I have fond memories of lessons with him at Brevard Music Center.  This is a lovely little book [...]

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Reed Workshop – Great start!

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Yesterday’s Reed Workshop was a great first day, with introduction to gouging, knife safety, scraping, and sharpening. So proud of these six young people and their hard work! Also, a big thanks to Reed Pros for the gouging demonstration and providing the supplies for reed making.

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Ravel Sonatine excerpt by Victoria Sabonjohn

Thanks to one of my studio parents who recorded this video of my performance from my studio recital in May!  This is an excerpt from the first movement of the Ravel “Sonatine” for oboe and piano, featuring Paul Switzler on piano.

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Oboe feature from the Berlin Philharmonic

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Enjoy! https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/titelgeschichten/2016-2017/oboe/  

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Forbes article “Ten reasons to let your kid major in music”

This is a lovely and encouraging article supporting parents to let their children major in music! Enjoy the read and let me know what you think – I certainly agree that studying music creates resilient adults. https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2017/06/04/ten-reasons-to-let-your-kid-major-in-music/#5dd78d181062

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Reed Workshop July 17-19

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Inviting all interested students to join me for an intensive 3 day reed workshop at my Burbank studio in July!  It will be a fun way to start learning about the process of making and adjusting oboe reeds.  See the attached flyer for more information!

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Graduating senior and recital invitation

Sunday was the Glendale MTAC’s Award Night.  I was thrilled to have three students receive Glendale Branch honors from their CM evaluations, as well as one 100% Theory trophy! I was honored to present my graduating senior Alessandra with the Senior Medallion.  This award is for students who participate in Certificate of Merit successfully for [...]

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Successful Studio Recital!

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Congratulations to each performer on yesterday’s recital! It is my joy to teach each one of these bright individuals and I am so pleased with everyone’s hard work this year. Thank you for your support and here’s to great music in the summer/fall!  

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