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Victoria Racz
Presents the 30th Annual


Saturday, August 17, 2024
First Evangelical Church

4120 NE St Johns Rd

Vancouver, WA 98661

 Earle Dumler - The Sequel!  



We are pleased to present the return of The Ultimate Studio Musician – Earle Dumler! He joined us for our 23rd annual seminar in 2016, and we decided it was time for Part 2! In his afternoon master class he will talk about his life as a busy studio musician, talk about some of his favorite recording projects, and give some participants an opportunity to play along with a transcribed Cue Track from some of his sessions, as well as other music or excerpts that were influential in his life.

If you are thinking you’ve never heard Mr. Dumler play, here is a partial list of some of the projects and some of the other artists he has worked with:


Soylent Green, What’s the Matter With Helen, Jaws (all), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Eiger Sanction, Sophie’s Choice, Free Willy (all), Star Trek, Star Trek Next Generation, Independence Day, Planet of the Apes, Horse Whisperer, Shawshank Redemption, Edward Scissor Hands, Wall-e, The Matrix (all), Air Force One, Airplane, Aladdin, Bambi II, Batman, Men in Black, Taxi, Back to the Future.

Dallas, Knot’s Landing, Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, Highway to Heaven, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Simpsons, Family Guy, Carol Burnett, Beauty and the Beast, Battlestar Galactica, ER.


Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, David Raksin, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Fielding, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Basil Poledouris, Fred Myrow, Mort Stevens, Thomas Neuman, David Neuman, Don Davis, Bert Bacharach, David Rose, Bruce Broughton, Mark Snow, Jerry Immel, Peter Matz, Alf Clausen, Danny Elfman, Roger Kellaway.


Stan Kenton, Mommas & Papas, Bert Bacharach, Claus Ogerman, George Martin, Carpenters, America, Dionne Warwick, Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Marvin Gay, Elvis Costello, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Frank Zappa, Jeremy Lubbock, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams.


Our evening concert is Saturday, August 17 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, and RDG Woodwinds. Jones Double Reed Products is also sponsoring. 

Our seminar is designed for high school, collegiate and adult oboists, and this is a day-long seminar devoted to all aspects of oboe performance with a different focus each year. For participants the day includes a solo master class (with pianist), instrument maintenance and repair, ensemble playing, dinner, and an evening concert featuring all seminar participants and staff. 

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 Mark Chudnow. Application deadline for participants is July 31. Due to the large number of applicants and the limited number of openings, applicants may be requested to submit a recent video clip to demonstrate their playing ability. 

Auditor fee is $40. Auditors do not need to pre-register and may pay at the door. They will attend the afternoon class with our guest from 2:30 - 4:00 (times are approximate), and also receive a ticket for the evening performance at 7:30 pm.  Entry will be through the main, front doors of the church. Auditors, please have your $40 cash or checks ready (made out to the Northwest Oboe Seminar), and be sure to pick up your concert ticket! (An accompanying parent for any minors will not be charged an auditor fee.) We should also have an option for Square payment.





Participant payment (or donations!):

We are a 501(c)3 organization.

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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/Seminar Assistant
Kahayla Rapolla, Bassoonist

Michael Liu, Seminar Pianist
Mark Chudnow, Seminar Instrument Technician

Mark Chudnow will be joining us again in  2024, and will have limited openings available for oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn adjustment on Saturday only. Price TBD. Contact him at or 415-694-9548 to make your appointment.  (Minor adjustments free for Seminar Participants.)  


Northwest Oboe Seminar Sponsors:

Northwest Oboe Seminar Internship Program!!

Our first Seminar Intern was Emily Liu!

Emily Liu was 13 years old at the time of our 2023 seminar. She had been playing oboe for about a year, studying with Victoria Racz. She plays oboe in the concert band at her school, and piano in jazz band. Other than oboe, she has also been playing piano for nine years, starting when she was four with Dr. Natasha Agilina in New Jersey. After moving to Texas, she studied with  Dr. Daredjan Baya Kakouberi, and is currently studying with Cinda Goold Redman in Washington.  She won third place in the 2022 OPUS music competition in Washington state. She has won many local piano festivals over the years. She also plays ukulele and guitar. In addition to music, Emily participates in Science Olympiad, knowledge bowl, and math team in school. She enjoys playing tennis with family and friends, and competes in various local tournaments. She is currently an Enspire Arts Ambassador.

Our Seminar Intern will observe throughout the day, and will perform in the morning master class IF time allows. They will also rehearse and perform with our large ensemble for the evening concert!

Those that wish to apply for 2024 should contact Victoria directly!
This program is intended for a middle school oboist. The applicant should send an email telling about themselves and their music experiences. Please include links to two videos that show playing ability (the videos do not need to be public performances). Please have your private music teacher and/or band director e-mail a brief recommendation. 
Everything is due by July 31, 2024. 
The information will be sent out to our seminar staff, and we will all vote for the winning candidate if any are chosen for that year.  Notifications will be sent out the first week of August. 
(No cost to apply, and the seminar fee for the intern will be $50.) 

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