Victoria Racz
Presents the Twenty-Sixth Annual

August 17, 2019
First Evangelical Church

4120 NE St Johns Rd

Vancouver, WA 98661


Jeff Rathbun presents “Making Music with Mack”

Jeffrey Rathbun has served as Assistant Principal Oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra (TCO) since 1990, and was the Principal Oboe from 2001-03. He was previously a member of the Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland, and Honolulu symphony orchestras. He won first prize at the 1988 Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboe Players, held at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; his New York debut recital, in April 1990, was also at Weill. Throughout much of his career, Rathbun has been invited to serve as guest principal oboe, performing with the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and during the San Francisco Symphony’s 2014-15 season, which marked Michael Tilson Thomas’s 20th year as SFS Music Director, Rathbun was invited to serve as Guest Principal Oboe in concert and on the symphony’s 2014-15 National Tour. He opened the Chicago Symphony’s 125th anniversary season in September of 2015 in the same role. As a Buffet Artist, Rathbun was the only North American oboist invited to perform in the 190th Anniversary Concert for Buffet Crampon in Paris in November of 2015. He has been selected to be on the jury for the Prague Spring Oboe Competition in May/2019.

Mr. Rathbun teaches at the Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival, and, since fall 2006, has served as Lecturer in Oboe at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been a visiting oboe professor at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, and has led master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the New World Symphony, among others. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Double Reed Society.


A graduate of the University of North Texas, where he studied with Charles Veazey, Mr. Rathbun won the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004; he also studied with John Mack, former principal oboe of TCO, and earned his master’s at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was awarded its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. A composer of chamber and orchestral works, Mr. Rathbun’s compositions are published by Theodore Presser Co., Jeanne Inc., and Trevco Music. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony, and have been conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, Leonard Slatkin, Jahja Ling, and Franz Welser-Most. The Cleveland Orchestra commissioned Rathbun to write an orchestra composition, Pantheon, which was premiered in the opening concert in the fall of 2018.

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 Seminar Guest Mark Chudnow.  Application Deadline July 31st. 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.)


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
Mark Chudnow, Seminar guest Repair/Instrument Maintenance Technician

Mark Chudnow will be in town and available to do instrument repair for the general public, so contact him directly at 707-254-7388, or  (He may also have some availability on Seminar Day, but make arrangements directly with him.)

Northwest Oboe Seminar Sponsors: