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Victoria Racz
Presents the 29th Annual


Saturday, August 19, 2023
First Evangelical Church

4120 NE St Johns Rd

Vancouver, WA 98661

 Wind Quintetting with Toyin!



Oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz earned her Bachelors of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master’s and Professional Studies degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. Her orchestral career includes performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. 

Hailed by the Washington Post for her “smooth, controlled tone and excellent technique,” Toyin has performed concertos with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Manhattan Virtuosi, and with the Kennedy Center Youth Orchestra. 

An original member of Imani Winds, Ms. Spellman-Diaz has built her career as a champion of contemporary chamber music.

Along with her Imani Winds colleagues, she is devoted to discovering new and diverse musical voices and cultures to increase and enhance the woodwind quintet repertoire. She has also collaborated with some of today’s most influential chamber music ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the Antara Ensemble and Camerata Pacifica. She is on faculty at New York University

and the Curtis Institute of Music, and is on the Board of Directors of American Composer's Orchestra.

Also featuring the Con Grazia Wind Quintet to play with selected Seminar participants in Ms. Spellman-Diaz's afternoon master class, and the quintet will also perform on the evening concert. 


Our evening recital is Saturday, August 19 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 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 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.)

Application:                                                                                You may pay (or donate!) via Paypal: 

Roger Samuel Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is a gift from previous Seminar attendee Denise Wilson, and will fully cover the Seminar fee for this year's event. It is open to anyone who has been a previous Northwest Oboe Seminar participant. To apply please submit a letter with your application detailing why you would be a good candidate for this, including financial need.   

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
Nicole Buetti, Bassoonist

Colleen Adent, Seminar Pianist
Mark Chudnow, Seminar Instrument Technician

Mark Chudnow will be joining us again in  2023, and will have some openings available for oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn adjustment. Price TBD. Contact him at or 415-694-9548 to make your appointment.   


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Northwest Oboe Seminar Internship Program!!

This is a program I've been wanting to start for several years, but I just needed the right person to kick it off, and now I've found her!

Emily Liu is 13 years old. She has 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. 

Emily will observe throughout the day, and will perform in the morning master class only if time allows. She will also rehearse and perform with our large ensemble for the evening concert!
Those that wish to apply for 2024 should contact Victoria after this year's event.


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