Victoria Racz
Presents the 28th Annual


Saturday, August 20, 2022
First Evangelical Church

4120 NE St Johns Rd

Vancouver, WA 98661

 English Horn EXTRAVAGANZA, Part 2, with returning guest Carolyn Hove!


CAROLYN HOVE has been the solo English horn player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988.  Following her graduation from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, until she assumed the English Horn position with the San Antonio Symphony in 1986, Ms. Hove had an active musical career in the Chicago area. She has long been a champion of New Music beginning with her affiliation with Ralph Shapey and the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago and continuing with various other ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s New Music Group.


In 1996, Crystal Records released her first solo CD entitled 20th Century Music for English Horn and Oboe.  Her second CD, entitled “Ascending to Superlatives” was released by Crystal Records in 2000 and features the English horn in various chamber settings.  Her third CD, entitled Eclecticism, was released by Crystal Records in June of 2011 and contains music representing a wide variety of styles. In September of 2016, her recording of “Chrysalis” for English Horn and piano by Alyssa Morris (Joanne Pearce Martin, piano) was released for digital download on Amazon and iTunes. She commissioned this work in 2014 and performed the premier in June 2015.


Ms. Hove has appeared as a soloist in many venues and has performed many U.S. and world premieres.  In January of 2003, she performed the world premiere of the Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra by William Kraft, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as work that was commissioned by the orchestra and written expressly for her.


Ms. Hove has presented numerous Master Classes throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Asia.  In addition, she has presented the annual seminar “English Horn Master Classes with Carolyn Hove” at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) and Columbus State University Columbus, Georgia).

Carolyn Hove.jpg


Our evening recital is Saturday, August 20 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 (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.)

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

A note that we will be requiring participants to be vaccinated (unless there is a valid medical exception), and we may require wearing masks whenever possible. We may also require auditors and audience members to wear masks as well. We will be posting updates about this as the event draws closer.

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

Cinda Goold Redman, Seminar Pianist
Mark Chudnow, Seminar Instrument Technician

Mark Chudnow will be joining us again in  2022, 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.   


Northwest Oboe Seminar Sponsors:

seminar2008 031.jpg