Victoria Racz
Presents the 27th Annual

Unknown...  (We are in 'Wait and See' mode - so keep checking back!)
First Evangelical Church

4120 NE St Johns Rd

Vancouver, WA 98661

As I'm sure everyone expected, we will not be having the annual Northwest Oboe Seminar on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  We will continue to monitor the situation, and if conditions permit, we will see about re-scheduling to a date later this year.  
Our returning guest for this year was supposed to be Carolyn Hove, English horn of the LA Philharmonic, but she will be returning at a future date.  

Allan Vogel is scheduled to be NEXT year's guest.  
If we are able to have our Seminar this year, the guest will be:


Rising Star - Ryan Roberts!

Noted for his “beautiful”, “eloquent” and “exquisite” playing by the New York Times, RYAN ROBERTS is the newly appointed English horn/Oboe of the New York Philharmonic, and a member of the oboe faculty at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Ryan has performed with many of the country's leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Ft. Worth Symphony. An award-winning oboist, Ryan received first prize at the International Double Reed Society's 2018 Young Artist Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters' 2018 Woodwind Competition

Before joining the Philharmonic, Ryan spent one season as a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. Ryan recently premiered Michael Torke’s Oboe Concertino with the Albany Symphony and recorded the work for Albany Records. An avid chamber musician, Ryan performs at the Marlboro Music Festival during the summer under artistic directors Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss; he has also collaborated in recitals with the Pacifica Quartet and Emanuel Ax.

As a Kovner Fellow graduate of The Juilliard school, Ryan studied with Elaine Douvas and appeared frequently as principal oboist of the Juilliard Orchestra. Ryan has been a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar and spent three summers as the oboe fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2016, Ryan was featured as a recital soloist aboard the Crystal “Symphony" cruise line touring Portugal, Spain, France and England.

Ryan has studied piano since age 5 and made his concerto debut at age 11. When he isn’t busy making reeds, Ryan enjoys practicing piano and running with his retired racing Whippet named Malley.

Our evening recital is at 7:30 at First Evangelical Church in Vancouver, WA.  Tickets are $15 and available at the door.  There will be a reception following the concert with products available from our sponsors: MCW Woodwinds, RDG, and Jones Double Reed Products. Peter Christ of Crystal Records will also be selling CDs at the reception.

Designed for intermediate through advanced oboists, this day-long seminar is devoted to all aspects of oboe performance with a different focus each year. Seminar includes a solo master class, instrument maintenance & repair session, ensemble playing, dinner and an evening recital featuring all workshop participants.


The Participation Fee is $125.  This includes evening meal, “Reed Tips Clinic” with Brent Hages, Seminar T-shirt, accompanist (if needed), and minor repairs/mini workshop by Pablo Izquierdo.  Application Deadline July 31st.  (A note that 7-31 is our typical deadline, but everything is up in the air this year!) Due to the large number of applicants and limited number of openings, applicants may be requested to submit a recent video clip to demonstrate their playing ability.


Auditor Fee is $40.  Auditors will attend the afternoon focus session and evening recital/reception. The afternoon session will be between 2:30 and 4:00.  (Times are approximate.)  Entry will be through the main, front doors of the church. Auditors, please have your $40 cash or checks (made out to OCP) ready, and be sure to pick up your tickets for the evening concert.

(An accompanying parent for any minors will not be charged an auditor fee.)


(I am leaving this application here for anyone who might like to peruse it for future reference, but the Seminar date listed on it has not been updated...)

Seminar History Page  (Click to go to that page)

SEMINAR STAFF:  (Click on any name to go to Bios page)

Victoria Racz, Seminar Director
Kathy Stockwell-Riemann, Seminar Assistant
Brent Hages, Reed Tips Clinician
Ann Crandall, Bassoonist

Andrea Llafet, Seminar Pianist
Pablo Izquierdo, Seminar Repair/Instrument Maintenance Technician

Northwest Oboe Seminar Sponsors: