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  History of the Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar 

 Celebrating 21 Years!

 
20th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 17, 2013
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
RDG Woodwinds www.rdgwoodwinds.com
Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com

Daniel Stolper, presents the Art of Auditioning!

Daniel Stolper is Instructor of Oboe at Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp, as well as a visiting professor of Oboe, Indiana University. He is also a Professor emeritus, Michigan State University and was formerly a visiting professor at the University of Illinois and Louisiana State University. 

Mr. Stolper's performance experience includes: Former principal oboist, San Antonio Symphony, New Orleans Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Eastman Chamber Orchestra, with whom he gave the US premiere of Bohuslav Martinu's Oboe Concerto.

He has given masterclasses in London (Royal Academy, Royal College, Guildhall School) and at the Birmingham Conservatoire; In Australia at the conservatories in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra; In the United States at Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Hartt School, Peabody Conservatory, Arizona State, Wichita State, Florida State, Universities of Texas, Florida, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and many others. 

Mr. Stolper has been a jury member for Isle of Wight (UK) International Oboe Competition, Fernand  Gillet, Castello de Duino (Trieste, Italy), Juilliard School's Strauss Concerto Competition, and the Lucarelli Competition (New York).

He has made recordings with Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Richards Wind Quintet, and Eastman Wind Ensemble (first oboist in works of Mozart, Strauss, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Hindemith). He is also the co-editor of the "Double Reed"  magazine, the journal of the International Double Reed Society.                      

Seminar Assistant Ann Crandall welcoming Seminar participants!



            

Seminar participant performs at the master class





Ann Crandall, Victoria Racz, Dan Stolper, Kathy Riemann


Seminar conducting 2013

Dan Stolper with Fred Korman & Jamie Sanidad

Seminar large ensemble with Dan conducting 2013

Seminar reception with Dan 2013




Back row - from left to right: Hannah Femling, Ben Serna-Grey, Connor Rasmussen, Vanessa Bliley, Dan Stolper, Victoria Racz
Front row - left to right: Betty Booher, Kathy Brown, Jamie Sanidad, Anne Krabill, Paul Wallace, Ann Crandall

 

19th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 18, 2012
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
RDG Woodwinds www.rdgwoodwinds.com
Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com

The Operatic Oboe
with guest Robert Morgan


Robert Morgan is the solo English horn and Assistant Principal Oboist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra. He is a founding member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players and is Principal oboist of Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theatre and the Chicago Philharmonic. An active teacher as well as performer, Mr. Morgan is on the faculty of Northwestern University School of Music and maintains a private studio. Mr. Morgan has been the featured soloist with Music of the Baroque on numerous occasions, performing concertos of Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart and has been the soloist with other area organizations in concertos of Vaughn Williams, Strauss and performed the Chicago premiere of Joan Tower's Island Prelude." He has also performed with the Guarnieri Quartet. An avid supporter of new music, Mr. Morgan has commissioned and performed works by David Schrader, Jon Polifrone and Ilja Hurnik. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he received the coveted Performers Certificate. He has studied with Jerry Sirucek, Ray Still, March Lifschey and John Mack.

 




Quinn, Rose, Mitch and Ben rehearsing their small ensemble

Guest Robert Morgan working with Hannah during his master class

Robert Morgan rehearsing with Victoria Racz and Seminar accompanist Maria Manzo

(left to right - top row)
Assistant Pablo Izquierdo, Ellie Coale, Michael Maher, Vanessa Bliley, Quinn Middleman; Ben Serna-Grey, Victoria Racz, Guest Robert Morgan
 
(left to right - bottom row)
Mitch Iimori, Hannah Femling; Rose Carr, David Roddy, Paul Wallace, Assistant Ann Crandall
 

 

18th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 20, 2011
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland

OBOEMOTIONS! with returning guest Stephen Caplan
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds
www.mcwoboe.com
RDG Woodwinds www.rdgwoodwinds.com
Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com

Dr. Stephen Caplan is Professor of Oboe at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and also serves as Principal Oboist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Sierra Winds. In the summer he performs and teaches at the Orfeo Music Festival in the Italian Alps. His solo recording of American music for oboe and English horn, A Tree In Your Ear, has received international acclaim and includes the premier recording of Phillip Bimstein's Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa for oboe, frogs, crickets and coyotes, which was written for Caplan with a grant from the Meet the Composer Foundation. Fanfare describes it as "sublime" and Double Reed News writes, "beautifully played..it is hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this CD."

Caplan's performances have been heard at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras including the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of Chernigov (Ukraine), Las Vegas Philharmonic, New Orleans Philharmonic, and the Oregon Symphony. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Performance Today. He has recently played in orchestras seen on the Latin Grammys, televised internationally, and the PBS presentation 50 Years of Michel Legrand, also released on DVD and CD. Caplan is the only musical performer to win the Nevada Arts Council's prestigious Artist Fellowship three times. With the Sierra Winds, Caplan performs on five critically acclaimed recordings and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Nevada Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

His eclectic performance background includes professional affiliations with a baroque period-instrument ensemble and a Sousa style concert band, as well as soundtracks for television and film. Stephen Caplan has performed as a soloist with many of classical music's leading musicians, including violinist Hilary Hahn and singer Jan de Gaetani. He has played in orchestras on the Las Vegas Strip, accompanying superstars as diverse as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Roger Daltry, Gladys Knight, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti.

Caplan received a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers were Harry Sargous and Ray Still, and he was also profoundly influenced by study with flutist Marcel Moyse, and the tuba player and breathing expert, Arnold Jacobs. In 2004, Caplan became a certified Andover Educator after extensive study of Body Mapping with Barbara Conable. He now teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on Body Mapping and Music Wellness at UNLV. Caplan has developed a new course for oboe players, "Oboemotions," that uses applied anatomy to encourage more expressive and more efficient oboe playing. He has been a featured clinician for "Nora Post's Oboe Blowout," "Northwest Oboe Seminar," and "California Double Reed Day." His "Oboemotions" master class has twice been featured at the annual conference of the International Double Reed Society. In addition, Caplan has given master classes at many of the leading music schools in the country. His book, Oboemotions; What Every Oboe Player Needs to Know About the Body is published by GIA Publications.

Caplan is an active member of the arts community in the Southwest and has served as a panelist for the Nevada Arts Council and the Western States Arts Federation. He has been a member of several local boards and recently completed a term on the Board of the Nevada Arts Council, an appointment made by the Governor of Nevada. He is President of Class Act, an organization that sponsors arts performances throughout Clark County and reaches over 100,000 children annually. Caplan lives in Henderson, Nevada with his wife and three daughters.

 

Stephen Caplan demonstrating an OBOEMOTIONS move!


Seminar participants watching Fred Korman work his magic during his morning Reed Tips session!

Anne, Ellie, Jamie and Michael during small ensemble rehearsal

Stephen rehearsing the large ensemble

Stephen rehearsing the large ensemble


(left to right, bottom row)
Hannah Femling, Paul Wallace, Rose Carr, Audry Cline, Seminar Clinician Fred Korman, Kathy Brown, Anne Krabill, Betty Booher, Guest Stephen Caplan, Victoria Racz
 
(left to right, top row)
Assistant Ann Crandall, Assistant Dagny Rask Regan, Ben Serna-Grey, Ellie Coale, Vanessa Bliley, Clinician Pablo Izquierdo, Noah Weiner, Michael Loveland, Kenny Regan, Michael Maher, Seminar Contra Mark Eubanks, Assistant Wendy Peebles


 

The 17th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 21, 2010
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
The Care & Feeding of Your Oboe with returning guest Mark Chudnow
Sponsored by:  Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
RDG Woodwinds www.rdgwoodwinds.com
 Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 

Mark Chudnow

 

Established in 1984, Mark Chudnow Woodwinds has been a leading innovator in the design and development of double reed products since its inception. Mark started as a repairman in 1980 and is one of only a handful of Americans trained at the F. Lorée factory in France! He brought to the business an understanding and creativity not formerly found in the field. Mark quickly brought to fruition some of the many ideas he had developed in his years of talking and listening to musicians' complaints involving instruments and accessories. Among the innovative improvements are the CA and the Sierra line of staples. The CAs are the first line of staples to be consistent, seamless and chamfered. Mark's English Horn and Oboe d'amore bocals are also noteworthy. Each one is constructed with a "tenon cork" at the tip, insuring greater airtightness and security than any other bocal on the market.  Extremely popular among reedmakers throughout the world are the precision MCW hollow ground knives. On a whimsical note, Mark's introduction of colorful swabs has brightened the otherwise black or brown world of double reed accessories. In 1990, the Sierra oboe was introduced as a natural extension of Mark's skills and interest. Debuting in 1991, the MCW Oboe represents Mark's endeavor to provide an oboe of professional quality at an affordable price. Designed for the intermediate to advanced level student, the MCW oboe truly represents handcrafted excellence for the serious student. Mark's first presentation at the Northwest Oboe Seminar was in 2000 with his topic, Secrets of Oboe Making! MCW has been a Seminar sponsor since 1995. 

Mickey, Ann & Kathy in small ensemble rehearsal

Hannah, Rose & Ellie in small ensemble rehearsal

Mark, Victoria, Kathy & Ann

Behind group:  Victoria Racz and guest, Mark Chudnow
Back row, left to right:
Cramer Kallem, Ellie Coale, Hannah Femling, Megan Zochert, Betty Booher, Paul Wallace
Front row, left to right:
Assistant Kathy Riemann, Mickey Hansen, Rose Carr, Audry Cline, Jamie Buhite, Kathy Brown, Assistant Ann Crandall
 

 

 

Read about our 16th Annual Seminar in the International Double Reed Journal!

The 16th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 15, 2009
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
Focus on Bach with guest Allan Vogel
Sponsored by:  Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
RDG Woodwinds www.rdgwoodwinds.com
 Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com

ALLAN VOGELAllan Vogel

   Hailed as “an aristocrat of his instrument” (Los Angeles Times) and “undoubtedly one of a few world masters” (San Diego Union), Allan Vogel is one of America’s leading wind soloists and chamber musicians. Principal oboist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the country and has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Summerfest, Sarasota, Oregon Bach, Music @ Menlo and Chamber Music Northwest festivals.

   Allan has been guest principal oboist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for concerts in the major European capitals, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Boston Symphony Hall. He has also performed with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras. Allan is a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and toured Japan several times. He also performed at the White House during the last State dinner of the Clinton presidency

   His discography includes two solo recordings on the Delos label: Bach’s Circle (Baroque sonatas), and Oboe Obsession (virtuoso romantic works), which has been called “the single finest disc of oboe music ever recorded” by American Record Guide. He has also appeared on the Nonesuch, Dorian, and RCA labels and has recorded Bach cantatas with Helmuth Rilling. In 2003, he recorded the Bach Concerto for oboe and violin with Hilary Hahn and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Music Director Jeffrey Kahane for Deutsche Grammophon.

Photo by Michael Miller

    Renowned for his performances of the Baroque literature, Allan serves on the advisory board of the American Bach Society, and is a member of Bach’s Circle Baroque Ensemble. He is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

Kathy Riemann, Victoria Racz, Allan Vogel, Ann Kosanovic-Brown


Back row (left to right)
Hannah Femling, Mickey Hansen, Quinn Middleman, Michael Loveland, Ben Serna-Grey, Gordon Davis, Victoria Racz
 
Front row (left to right)
Allan Vogel, Kathy Stockwell-Riemann, Rebecca Nederhiser, Paul Wallace, Jessica Woolf, Cramer Kallem, Noah Weiner, Kirsten Saul, Annie Kosanovic-Brown
 
Also sponsored by JB Linear Music

The 15th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 16, 2008
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
English Horn EXTRAVAGANZA with guest Carolyn Hove
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                     RDG Woodwinds www.rdgwoodwinds.com
 
Carolyn Hove
 
 
 
 
 

Carolyn Hove
has been the solo English horn player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1988.
 
Following her graduation from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, until she assumed the English horn position with the San Antonio Symphony in 1986, Ms. Hove had an active musical career in the Chicago area, where she performed with numerous ensembles and was a member of the faculties of Elmhurst College and Northern Illinois University. It was at this time that she developed her enduring interest in new music as the result of her association with prestigious Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago under the direction of composer/conductor Ralph Shapey.
 
Ms. Hove has appeared as a soloist in many venues, including a recital on the acclaimed Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and appearances with the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other leading ensembles. In 1993, she performed the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Second Meeting, for oboe and piano, on the Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella New Music Series, with pianist Gloria Cheng. In 1995, she performed the U.S. Premiere of Salonen’s Mimo II (a work derived from Second Meeting) for oboe and orchestra, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Los Angeles, in March of 1999, she performed to critical acclaim, the world premiere of William Kraft’s Encounters XI: The Demise of Suriyodhaya for English horn and percussion, which was followed by a repeat performance in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York. This work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and written for Ms. Hove and Raynor Carrol, the orchestra’s principal percussionist. In January 2003, Ms. Hove performed the world premiere of William Kraft’s Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by its Music Director, Esa-Pekka Salonen. The work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and written expressly for Ms. Hove. In addition, she has premiered works by Gerhard Samuel, Paul Turok and many others.
 
Ms. Hove maintains a busy schedule as a teacher whose activities have included guest lectureship at leading music schools throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada including the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School (London), the Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.), The Banff Centre (Canada), the University of Texas, and the Music Academy of the West.  She also has presented the annual "English Horn Master Classes with Carolyn Hove" held at Brigham Young University.  For 2009 the venue has been changed to Ball State University.  She has served on the Executive Committee of International Double Reed Society.
 
 
 
Carolyn coaching Paul Wallace in her focus session
 
(left to right - back row)
Noah Weiner, Cramer Kallum, Cooper Wright, Michael Loveland, Quinn Middleman, Ben Serna-Grey,
(middle row)
Paul Wallace, Hannah Femling, Betty Booher, Kathy Apland, Victoria Racz
(front)
Seminar Assistant Margaret McShea, David Roddy, Jessica Woolf, Seminar Assistant Kathy Stockwell-Riemann, Guest Carolyn Hove
 

Seminar Assistant Kathy - "Have Some Cake!"
 
 
Victoria and Carolyn in Portland's Rose Garden the day after Seminar

International Double Reed Society Journal for Seminar #15

The 14th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 18, 2007
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
The Improvising Oboist with guest Nancy Rumbel
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com

Tingstad and Rumbel
www.tingstadrumbel.com


                                                                            Photo by Rob Prout
Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have performed, recorded and touring together for over 24 years with 19 albums to their credit. Traveling to as many as 50 concert venues a year, they are friends who enjoy each other's company and truly love making music.

Eric and Nancy began their collaboration in1985. Their debut album, The Gift, quickly became a holiday classic. The next 20 years saw countless reviews including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Billboard and number one debuts on radio charts. In 1998, American Acoustic was honored as "Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year." A Carnegie Hall appearance in 2000. And in 2003 they received a Grammy Award for "Acoustic Garden."

Nancy grew up in San Antonio, Texas and continued her musical education at Northwestern University where she became interested in ethnomusicology, improvisation and dance. She was a member of the Paul Winter Consort for several years prior to her move to the Pacific Northwest.

 
 
(standing left to right - back row)
Hannah Femling, Michael Loveland, Cooper Wright, Ben Serna-Grey, Betty Booher, Seminar Assistant Kathy Riemann, Victoria Racz
(front row)
Seminar Assistant Margaret McShea, Paul Wallace, Kathy Apland, Quinn Middleman, Jessica Woolf, Carren Walker, Nancy Rumbel
 

 

The 13th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 19, 2006
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
Bert on Bach with returning guest Bert Lucarelli
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 

Humbert Lucarelli

Humbert Lucarelli has been hailed as "America's leading oboe recitalist" (The New York Times). The New York Daily News wrote that he "has proven his preeminence among oboists today." Prof. Lucarelli has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and Asia. He has been featured in the numerous music festivals including: Angel Fire, Aspen, Chautauqua, Marblehead, Martha's Vineyard, Music Mountain, Newport, Victoria International Music Festival and Il Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil. In the summer of 2002, he was invited to perform and teach at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

Prof. Lucarelli's wide range of musical activities includes solo performances with the American Symphony Orchestra, I Solisti Veneti, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, London's Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square, The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinphônica Do Estado De Sâo Paulo and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. Concerts with the original Bach Aria Group, the Trio Bell'Arte, the American, Amernet, Audubon, Biava, Cassatt, Chester, Colorado, Emerson, Lark, Leontovich, Manhattan, Miami, Muir, Panocha and Philadelphia string quartets have brought a vast new audience to the oboe. Of his performance with I Solisti Veneti, Allen Hughes of the The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Lucarelli is a true virtuoso on the oboe."

As an orchestral performer, Prof. Lucarelli has performed and recorded with some of the world's leading conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Kiril Kondrashin, Josef Krips, James Levine, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Artur Rodzinsky, Sir Georg Solti, Leopold Stokowski and Igor Stravinsky.

Prof. Lucarelli is soloist in John Corigliano's Oboe Concerto (RCA Victor), which was written for and premiered by him with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has recorded extensively with Koch International, Lyrichord, MCA Classics, Musical Heritage Society, Pantheon and Stradivari. His recorded repertoire includes Bach, Baksa, Bax, Bliss, Britten, Debussy, Hindemith, Leclair, Lefebre, Mozart, Poulenc, Rameau, Saint-Saens, as well as concerti of Strauss, Telemann, Vaughan Williams and Wolf-Ferrari. His recording of All Bach was praised in The Gramophone as a "memorable recital that boasts a deeply expressive soloist".

 
(standing left to right - back row)
Howard Lazarus, Guest Composer/Coach Norman Leyden, Michael Loveland, Bert Lucarelli, Quinn Middleman, Ben Serna-Grey, Judy Purrington, Paul Wallace, Victoria Racz
(front row)
Seminar Assistant Margaret McShea, Beverly Haines, Hannah Femling, Jessica Croysdale, Denise Clark, Seminar Assistant Kathy Stockwell-Riemann
 
Kathy, Bert, Victoria
 
Rehearsing with Bert for Peter Christ's Music on the Mountain Chamber Music Series
Sunday, August 20, 2006

 The 12th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 20, 2005
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
Your Relationship With Your Oboe with returning guest Fred Korman
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 
 

 
Fred Korman incorporates his unique background and varied talents, along with his passion for people and performance, in his achievements as a nationally acclaimed leader of workshops on the "Psychology of Performance"; as a renowned oboist; and in his private counseling practice.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Korman maintains a private counseling practice in Portland where he sees adults in individual counseling. In addition, Mr. Korman presents master classes and workshops at major universities and music festivals around the United States for performers of all levels and mediums focusing on the psychology of performance. The uniqueness of his combined expertise allows him to provide a richness of experience both as a therapist and a musician.

Mr. Korman's training includes undergraduate work in psychology. He is currently a member of the Portland Gestalt Institute led by Dr. Jeffrey Sher, PhD, and Carol Swanson, LCSW. Among his most recent engagements are workshops at the University of Washington, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the International Gestalt Therapy Seminar in Siena, Italy.

The Principal Oboist with the Oregon Symphony since 1978, Mr. Korman is a frequent soloist in the Northwest. He has received critical praise for his "flawless playing", "tour-de-force" performances and "lyric flair". His performances of George Rochberg's Oboe Concerto with the Oregon Symphony drew robust approval from music critics who said: "Korman played passionately . . . his oboe rang clear and true" (The Columbian) and "He cleanly etched Rochberg's mournful and erratic themes . . . against the score's constantly shifting patterns" (The Oregonian). His playing in the critically acclaimed Oregon Symphony recording of Strauss' Don Juan was praised by the CD Review.

Before beginning his tenure with the Oregon Symphony, Mr. Korman held positions with the New Orleans and Hartford Symphony Orchestras. In addition to his recordings with the Oregon Symphony, Mr. Korman has recorded both classical and jazz on labels including Delos, Opus One, Koch, and a premier recording of the Wind Quartet by Gieseking on the Centaur label. He has participated as Principal Oboist in music festivals including Tanglewood, Chamber Music Northwest, Peter Britt, Centrum, Shenandoah Valley, Festival of the Amalfi Coast (Italy) and the Saint Barthelemey Music Festival (French West Indies).

Aside from performing, Mr. Korman enjoys a successful teaching career, having held positions at the Hartt College of Music, Loyola University, University of New Orleans, Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University. He is currently on the faculty of Oregon State University in Corvallis. He has twice been a guest artist in the Northwest Oboe Seminar.
 


(standing left to right - back row)
Victoria Racz, Theo Hunter, Quinn Middleman, Michael Loveland, Seann Branchfield, Paul Wallace, Seminar Assistant Margaret McShea
(front row)
David Roddy, Laura Mulholland, Judy Purrington, Fred Korman, Erica Gonzalez, Seminar Assistant Kathy Stockwell-Riemann
 

 
The Northwest Oboe Seminar presents the annual Mack in March Series - two Master Classes with Mr. John Mack!
Wednesday, March 29 & Thursday, March 30, 2006
6:30 - 9:30 pm
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland


John Mack was appointed to the principal oboe chair at the Cleveland Orchestra by George Szell in 1965; during his tenure, which lasted until 2001, he also played under music directors Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi and, most recently, Franz Welser-Möst. Since 2001, Mack served as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra board of directors.

Mack was born in Somerville, New Jersey, where he received his early musical training, studying with Bruno Labate and Marcel Tabuteau in high school. Friends urged him to study science or physics, but he was determined to continue with music, and went on to train at the Juilliard School with Harold Gomberg and with Tabuteau at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

His professional orchestral career began in the Sadler's Wells Ballet Orchestra in1951 and was followed by eleven seasons (from 1952-63) as first oboist with the New Orleans Symphony. He then had a brief stint with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. Mack was also a founding member of the Plymouth Trio and a regular chamber music performer.

A renowned teacher, Mack was chairman of the woodwind division at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1965. Many of his former students hold positions with major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He was also a faculty member of the Kent/Blossom Music program since its founding in 1968, and since 1976, he taught and performed at the John Mack Oboe Camp in North Carolina.

David Zauder, a retired member of the orchestra's trumpet section, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "John Mack was an icon of the Cleveland Orchestra. He touched thousands of lives with his special way of helping. He made everybody better."

 
 
 
 
Fred Korman and Victoria
 
Fred with Mr. Mack
 
Mr. Mack signing a CD
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 11th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 21, 2004
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
What Every Oboist Needs to Know about the Body with guest Barbara Conable
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 
Barbara Conable
Founder, Andover Educators

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Barbara Conable During her twenty-two years as an Alexander Technique teacher Barbara Conable helped to save hundreds of musical careers and to enhance hundreds more. She experienced frustration, however, because she knew that thousands more musicians were losing careers and capacity. To enhance her effectiveness, she wrote the book What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body and developed a Body Mapping course by the same name which is now taught by Andover Educators around the world. The goal of Andover Educators is to put music education on a secure somatic (anatomical) foundation for all time.

Barbara Conable is the author of How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students, What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body, available from Andover Press and Amazon.com and The Structures and Movement of Breathing available from giamusic.com.

Now retired from teaching, Barbara Conable continues to develop the theory and practice of Body Mapping.

 
(standing left to right - back row)
Victoria Racz, Seminar Assistant Kathy Stockwell-Riemann, Laura Mulholland, Eleonore Schaff, Linda Brest, Quinn Middleman, Paul Wallace, Seann Branchfield, Seminar Assistant Laura Kramer
(front row)
Jessica Croysdale, David Roddy, Bridie Goodwin, Janna Chae, Spencer Slocumb
 
Barbara Conable in her Focus Session
 

The Northwest Oboe Seminar presents the annual Mack in March Series - two Master Classes with Mr. John Mack!
Tuesday, March 8 & Wednesday, March 9, 2005
6:30 - 9:30 pm
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
 
 
 
 
 
photo by Cleveland Institute of Music
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The 10th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 16, 2003

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
Artistry Through Etudes with guest Dan Stolper
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com

Oboe Master Conference Faculty Dan StolperDan Stolper
Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Oboe

Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Oboe
Interlochen Arts Camp Instructor of Oboe

Dan Stolper is a member of the Interlochen Arts Camp faculty. He holds the degrees of BM, MM and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Robert Sprenkle. Further studies include work with Robert Bloom, Heinz Holliger and John Mack. He has served as principal oboist of the San Antonio Symphony, the New Orleans Philharmonic, the Greater Lansing Symphony, and the Eastman Chamber Orchestra, with whom he gave the United States premiere performance of Bohuslav Martinu's "Oboe Concerto."

Mr. Stolper is professor emeritus at Michigan State University and he has also held visiting professorships at the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) and Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge). He has given masterclasses at all the major conservatories in Australia (in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth); at the Royal College of Music, the
Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London; the Conservatoire in Birmingham; and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

In the US he has given masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Hartt College, Peabody Conservatory, Florida State University, and the Universities of Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. He has been featured artist at "Double Reed Days" at Wichita State University, California State University at Fresno and for the Northwest Oboe Seminar in Portland.

Mr. Stolper has served on juries for the Castello de Duino Competition (in Trieste, Italy); the Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition (in the United Kingdom); the Lucarelli Competition for Solo Oboists (in New York); and the Fernand Gillet International Competition.

He can be heard as first oboist in the Eastman Wind Ensemble's distinguished series of recordings for Mercury, including works of Mozart, Strauss, Stravinsky and Hindemith. He has also recorded with the Marlboro Festival Orchestra (under Pablo Casals) and with the Richards Quintet (for Crystal Records).

He is co-editor of the "DOUBLE REED" magazine, the journal of the International Double Reed Society.
 
 
(standing left to right - back row)
Victoria Racz, Paul Wallace, Seann Branchfield, Chris Sigman, Dan Stolper and Seminar Assistant Laura Kramer
(front row)
Mitch Iimori, Jessica Croysdale, Marisa Fisher, Bridie Goodwin, Laura Mulholland
Other Picture:
Dan Stolper with Seminar Assistant (and his former student!) Kathy Stockwell-Riemann
 

The Northwest Oboe Seminar and Classical Millennium present a Master Class and CD Release Recital with Humbert Lucarelli!
Saturday, March 6, 2004
 
Master Class from 2:00 - 4:00
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
 
CD Release Recital 7:00 pm
Music Millennium, Portland
Bach by Bert Lucarelli, Crystal Records, CD726
 

Humbert Lucarelli

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

The 9th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 17, 2002
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
The History of the Oboe, with guests Philip & Gayle Neuman of the Oregon Renaissance Band and De Organographia

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 

Gayle Stuwe Neuman, voice, strings, and winds, co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band and is a member of the Trail Band and has performed with Capella Romana, and Magnificat. She teaches Music History at Marylhurst University. 

Philip Neuman, winds and plucked strings, co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band and teaches Counterpoint and Scoring and Arranging at the University of Portland and Music History at Marylhurst University.  He is a member of the Trail Band and has performed with the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Chicago Chorale, Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, and Spiritus Collective.

The Oregon Renaissance Band
The Oregon Renaissance Band is an 8 to 12 member ensemble dedicated to performing and recording music of the Renaissance, played on faithful reproductions of historical instruments. These include violins, cittern, harp, bandora, chitarrino, recorders, krummhorns, racketts, sackbuts, pipe & tabor, bagpipes, schreierpfeiffen, and percussion, many of which were built by the performers.  The Oregon Renaissance Band has presented concerts and workshops since 1991 and has been featured on NPR's "Performance Today". Their cd with ensemble De Organographia is entitled "Carnevale! Carnival Songs, Frottole, Dances and other Festive Music of 16th century Italy". In 1998, ORB performed at the early music festival in Regensburg, Germany.

Ensemble De Organographia
Ensemble De Organographia, Philip and Gayle Neuman, specializes in the music of four distinct periods; Antiquity, Medieval, Renaissance, and the 19th century, all performed on  period instruments or faithful reproductions.   Their concerts are entertaining and informative, combining text and song to bring to life the musical art of the distant past.

The repertoire of ensemble De Organographia is performed in an improvisatory style based on precepts preserved in period treatises.  They perform ancient music of the Greeks, Egyptians and Sumerians on lyre, kithara, pandoura, salpinx, trichordon, aulos, psithyra, sistrum, syrinx monokalamos and tympanon.  Their medieval repertoire is played on recorders, shawm, vielle, citole, bagpipe, douçaines, and slide trumpet. Their renaissance repertoire is performed on recorders, cittern, bandora, violin, sackbuts, carnival whistle, curtal, racketts, krummhorns, schreierpfeif, and pipe & tabor.  Their 19th century performances are played on violin, viola, flageolets, cetra or english guitar, spanish guitar, banjo, czakan (walking stick recorder), ophicleide, serpent, and sausage bassoon.

De Organographia has presented numerous concerts, lectures and demonstrations in the US, Germany, Norway, Japan, Turkey, Greece, Israel, and Jordan since 1978. They have performed at the Getty Center, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Florida State University, Oberlin Conservatory, Case Western Reserve University, the Bodrum Museum, the Amman Music Conservatory, and the Regensburg Old Town Hall. 
 

(standing left to right - back row)
Seminar Assistant Laura Kramer, Victoria Racz, Mark Filip, Mitch Iimori, Bridie Goodwin, Seann Branchfield, Mary Ellen Kenreich
(front row)
Alison Frichtl, Marisa Fisher, Nicole Ross, Laura Mulholland, Seminar Assistant Kathy Stockwell-Riemann
Philip & Gayle Neuman
 
A participant trying out of one of the amazing instruments brought by the Neumans

Article from International Double Reed Society Journal for Seminar #9

The 8th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 18, 2001
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
The Amoris Consort Presents the Instruments of the Oboe Family, with guest Jennifer Paull and The Amoris Consort
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 

Jennifer I. Paull
Musician and Author

Jennifer I. Paull discovered the world of Music at the hands of an enlightened and very patient piano teacher as a young child. The discovery of the oboe d'amore, whilst an oboe student at the Royal College of Music (London), changed both her life and that of this almost forgotten, beautiful instrument to which she subsequently dedicated her own. She remains the only soloist in the world ever to have devoted a career exclusively to its cause.

Although having performed with many of the leading orchestras in England and Europe as an oboe and cor anglais player as well as being an oboe d'amore specialist (BBC Symphony and Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic etc), the orchestral repertoire was neither where her heart beat the fastest, nor in which the instrument of her predilection was anything other than an occasional guest.

Music in all its guises as well as performance itself enabled her to explore her passion much more intensely. This extended from orchestral concerts and solo recitals to publishing new repertoire (for all members of the oboe family of instruments, especially the rarest of its members), music therapy and education, the organisation of concerts and festivals and working in artist and orchestral management. The fascination with the Comparative Arts' perspective of her subject led Jennifer Paull to writing.

"The lens through which I view my subject is one of a musician who delights in the juxtaposition and oneness of all of the Arts: their comparison to my own and the very lack of separation and division between."

Jennifer Paull's first book, Cathy Berberian and Music's Musings was published in 2007 by Amoris Imprint. Details can be found on the Books page of this site - www.amoris.com

She has two sons and two daughters and lives in Switzerland near the French border in a charming, wine-growing village not far from Montreux. Fascinated by travel, history, and synaesthesia (her 'secret weapon'), she freely admits to an advanced addiction to The Arts in all their guises and intellectual sleuthing at its most intense.  Since retiring from her active playing career, Jennifer is in the process of donating her lifetime of collected repertoire for the rare oboes to the Werner Icking Music Archive (WIMA) so that it is freely available to players everywhere. http://icking-music-archive.org/index.php

 

 

(standing left to right - back row)
Seminar Assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Matt Habjan, Paul Wallace, Rachel Molzer, Seann Branchfield, Liz Bartman, Victoria Racz
(front row)
Jamie Buhite, Emily Kojis, Alyssa Arnold, Alison Frichtl, Bridie Goodwin, Marisa Fisher, Bjanka Weber
 
The Amoris Consort - Victoria Racz (musette/oboe), Jennifer Paull (oboe d'amore), Kathy Stockwell-Riemann (English horn) with a Seminar participant trying out the bass oboe
The Northwest Oboe Seminar presents a Master Class with oboist Stephen Caplan
(returning guest from the 4th annual NOS in 1997)
Friday, May 24, 2002
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Portland
 
http://www.oboemotions.com/Oboemotions.com/Home.html 

- - Click to purchase his book

Oboemotions
What Every Oboe Player Needs to Know About the Body
 

 Stephen Caplan is Professor of Oboe at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also serves as Principal Oboist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Sierra Winds. His solo recording of American music for the oboe, A Tree in Your Ear, has received international acclaim. He has been a featured soloist with a variety of orchestras including the New Orleans Philharmonic, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic and Oregon Symphony. He has performed with many of classical music’s leading musicians such as Hilary Hahn, Jan de Gaetani, and Ransom Wilson. He has also played in orchestras accompanying superstars Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and others.

Caplan’s oboe teaching is widely recognized. He has twice been a featured clinician for Nora Post’s “Oboe Blowout,” and has also been a featured artist and teacher for the California Double Reed Day and the Northwest Oboe Seminar. He has given workshops at music schools throughout the United States including Brigham Young University, Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, and University of Texas. He served on a Pedagogy Panel for the International Double Reed Society and has been featured many times as a recitalist at their annual conferences both in America and in Europe.

Caplan can be heard on numerous recordings as a soloist and as a member of Sierra Winds. He is a three-time recipient of the Nevada Arts Council’s Performing Artist Fellowship and has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Caplan is an Artist for Rigoutat Oboe Manufacturers.

Stephen Caplan received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University. He was awarded the MM and DMA degrees from the University of Michigan. His principal oboe teachers were Ray Still and Harry Sargous. His music making and teaching have also been significantly influenced by study with Arnold Jacobs, Marcel Moyse and Barbara Conable.

Caplan teaches a Body Mapping course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has also given Body Mapping workshops for California Double Reed Day, Las Vegas Music Festival, Western Horn Symposium and the Nevada Music Educator’s Association.

The 7th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar

Saturday, August 19, 2000
Marylhurst University, Oregon
Secrets of Oboe Making with guest Mark Chudnow
Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 

 
Established in 1984, Mark Chudnow Woodwinds has been a leading innovator in the design and development of double reed products since its inception. Mark started as a repairman in 1980 and is one of only a handful of Americans trained at the F. Lorée factory in France! He brought to the business an understanding and creativity not formerly found in the field. Mark quickly brought to fruition some of the many ideas he had developed in his years of talking and listening to musicians' complaints involving instruments and accessories.
Among the innovative improvements are the CA and the Sierra line of staples. The CAs are the first line of staples to be consistent, seamless and chamfered. Mark's English Horn and Oboe d'amore bocals are also noteworthy. Each one is constructed with a "tenon cork" at the tip, insuring greater airtightness and security than any other bocal on the market.  Extremely popular among reedmakers throughout the world are the precision MCW hollow ground knives. On a whimsical note, Mark's introduction of colorful swabs has brightened the otherwise black or brown world of double reed accessories.

In 1990, the Sierra oboe was introduced as a natural extension of Mark's skills and interest. Debuting in 1991, the MCW Oboe represents Mark's endeavor to provide an oboe of professional quality at an affordable price. Designed for the intermediate to advanced level student, the MCW oboe truly represents handcrafted excellence for the serious student.
 

(standing left to right - back row)
Seminar Assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Stephanie Rubel, Betty Booher, Tim Whitcomb, Megan West, Victoria Racz
(front row)
Emily Kojis, Matt Habjan, Kevin McCullough, Seann Branchfield, Liz Bartman, Sidney Brown
 
 
Laura Groves and Victoria with guest, Mark Chudnow

The 6th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 21, 1999
Marylhurst University, Oregon
Orchestral Excerpts with guest Fred Korman

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                    Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com

 

 

 
 
(standing left to right - back row)
Seminar Assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Alison Frichtl, Elizabeth Bartman, Jan Lovell, Tim Whitcomb, Christine Webert, Nina Spring, Victoria Racz
(front row)
Paul Wallace, Emily Kojis, Robie Groves, Megan Toney, Megan West, Megan Densmore
 
Fred coaching a Seminar participant on an orchestral excerpt
 

 
The 5th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 15, 1998
Marylhurst College, Oregon
The Oboists Role Within the Wind Quintet, featuring the Con Grazia Wind Quintet of the OREGON CHAMBER PLAYERS (www.oregonchamberplayers.org)

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                    Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 

 

(standing left to right)
Paul Wallace, Coleen McMahon, Elisabeth Bartman, Kristy Brayton, Tim Whitcomb, Tisha Marosi, assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Megan Toney, Victoria Racz
(seated left to right)
Megan West, Christine Webert, Miranda Perry, Emily Kojis, Angela Piller, Jan Lovell
 

 

The 4th Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 16, 1997
Marylhurst College, Oregon
Contemporary Oboe Techniques with guest Stephen Caplan

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                    Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com

 

Stephen Caplan, DMA
Certified Andover Educator

Professor of Oboe, University of Nevada Las Vegas

www.unlv.edu/programs/oboe/index.html

Stephen Caplan










(standing left to right)

Seminar Assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Alyssa Arnold, Tisha Marosi, Kris Klavik, Tim Whitcomb, Jan Lovell, Victoria Strong-Racz
(seated left to right)
Julie McIntosh, Angela Piller, Amy Grove, Joan Weigant, Tyler Gore, Megan Toney, Emily Kojis
 
 
Stephen Caplan coaching a small ensemble
 

 The 3rd Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Saturday, August 17, 1996
Marylhurst College, Oregon
Mock Auditions

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
                          Jones Double Reed Products www.jonesdoublereed.com
 

(standing left to right)
Seminar Assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Michelle Mayers, Joan Weigant, Margaret Jacks, Tisha Marosi, Tyler Gore, Ashley Yorra, Victoria Strong-Racz
(seated left to right)
Amy Grove, Alyssa Arnold, Melissa Kessel, Megan Toney
 

The 2nd Annual Northwest Oboe Seminar
Satruday, August 19, 1995
Marylhurst College, Oregon
Oboe Quartets with the Amati String Quartet (later known as the OCP QUARTET - www.oregonchamberplayers.org)

Sponsored by: Mark Chudnow Woodwinds www.mcwoboe.com
 

 
(standing left to right)
Seminar Assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Cristina Hoffer, Tyler Gore, Luke Stone Moore, Tim Whitcomb, Erin Sharpe, Tisha Marosi, Victoria Strong-Racz
(seated left to right)
Alyssa Arnold, Margaret Jacks, Sarah Pascoe, Carlee Blackburn, Laura Dippold

 

The FIRST Northwest Oboe Seminar!
Saturday, August 20, 1994
Marylhurst College, Oregon

Oboe Overview
Master Class
Repair and Maintenance with Jerry Porter
Reed-making
Ensemble Playing
Recital
 

 

(left to right)
Seminar Assistant Laura Groves (Kramer), Tisha Marosi, Allison Johnson, Margaret Jacks, Sarah Pascoe, Erin Taylor, Jennifer Schroeder, Lara Wickes, Tyler Gore, Shannon Stone, Carlee Blackburn, Cristina Hoffer, Amy Grove, Laura Dippold, Elisabeth Shellan, Victoria Strong-Racz
 
     

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