At the Oregon Garden checking out the Arundo Donax...
Victoria Racz, B.M., M.M., has performed throughout the United States in professional ensembles on oboe and English horn and as a recitalist, competition winner and soloist. Since 1995 she has been the principal oboist, featured soloist and General Manager of the Oregon Chamber Players (www.oregonchamberplayers.org).
She is the Co-founder, General Manager and primary wind coach for the Junior Symphony of Vancouver, and is in demand throughout the Northwest as a teacher and adjudicator.
Kathy & Victoria
Stockwell-Riemann, B.M., Artist Diploma., studied
with renowned oboists and teachers Dan Stolper (Michigan State
University), and Sara Lambert Bloom & Robert Bloom (Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music, Artist Diploma Program) among others. She ran
her own successful reed company out of Seattle, and has
been the Reed Clinician and Assistant of the
Northwest Oboe Seminar since 2001. She and Victoria met at Gail
Warnaar's Double Reed Camp at Hope College in Michigan (http://doublereedshop.com/SHOPevents.html),
where both Kathy and Victoria attended for many years.
Kathy in front of Jones Double Reed Product's table at Seminar reception
A versatile soloist, arranger, and accompanist, Colleen Adent began her formal musical training at the age of four. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Biola University, and has studied piano with Harold Gray, Artistic Director of Piano International, Linda Baranov of Moscow Conservatory, and Cathy Kautsky of Lawrence University. Collaborative and solo appearances have taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Colleen has performed with Professional Christian Wind Ensemble, Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra, Oregon Chamber Players, and Newport Symphony under the direction of Norman Leyden. She has appeared as a guest soloist with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, Jewish Symphony Orchestra, and with the Westwood Wind Quintet. She has enjoyed her many collaborations with locally and internationally-known artists, such as classical saxophonist Harvey Pittel, Robert Hale of the New York Metropolitan Opera, and Trio Adrato. Colleen was named a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, and appears regularly as a performer and arranger on Snowman Foundation's Ten Grands with Michael Allen Harrison.
Ann Crandall began her bassoon career at age 12 in 7th grade band. Band, and then orchestra, was so much fun, she stayed with the bassoon in spite of reed and repair woes. After high school there was a B.A. and a B.Mus. at University of Washington, a seven year stint in Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, and the faculty of University of Arizona, then off to graduate school at SUNY Stony Brook. As a student of Arthur Weisberg, Ms Crandall earned master's and doctorate degrees and won the Sunwood Performance Award. Since moving to Vancouver, WA, Ms Crandall has served on the faculties of Willamette University and Portland State University, and has been a busy freelancer performing with all the major metro area ensembles while maintaining a private studio of bassoon students. She is currently Principal Bassoon with Portland Opera, and the Portland Festival Symphony.
Pablo Izquierdo (on left) , Seminar Oboe Maintenance & Repair Technician
Pablo Izquierdo received a masters degree in performance from University of Victoria, B.C. He played for 20 years with the Portland Opera, and currently performs with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Portland Festival Symphony and the Walla Walla Symphony. He has studied oboe repair with Tom Hiniker, is an adjunct faculty member at Reed College, and has a private oboe studio in Vancouver and Beaverton.
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.
Mark, Victoria, Kathy, Ann – 2010