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The Fifteenth Annual Maryland Double Reed Day

Saturday, March 2, 2013
10AM to 4PM
Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

with special guest artist:
Robert Atherholt, former Principal Oboe of the Houston Symphony; Professor of Oboe at Rice University

Come be a part of this annual tradition as the University of Maryland’s double reed faculty, Mark Hill, Sue Heineman, and Erich Heckscher invite oboists and bassoonists from the region to the beautiful Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for a day of listening and learning, music-making and discussion pertaining to the challenges and rewards of double reed playing.

This year, Robert Atherholt, former Principal Oboe of the Houston Symphony and current full-time Professor of Oboe at Rice University, will join us in our opening recital and Masterclass.

Master Repairman Brian Seaton of North American Oboe House will offer a noon-time seminar on oboe adjustment. Midwest Musical Imports, and Barry Trent, Marketing Director of Fox Products Corporation will also be on-site.


The day begins with a stimulating short recital featuring Hill, Heineman, Heckscher and Atherholt, as well as some of their students, in both solo and chamber works. An open discussion period follows where the audience and participants converse with the performers and each other on a variety of topics related to oboe and bassoon study and performance.


Master Repairman Brian Seaton of North American Oboe House presents a noon-time seminar on oboe adjustment. Representatives from Midwest Musical Imports and Barry Trent, Marketing Director of Fox Products Corporation, will be on hand displaying an assortment of double reed supplies and instruments.

Participants may bring their own lunch, or purchase lunch near-by at the Stamp Student Union. There will also be an opportunity for all interested persons to receive a guided tour of the spectacular Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.


In the afternoon, the activities resume with separate oboe and bassoon masterclasses featuring student performers selected from among the participants.

There will be an opportunity for approximately six oboe and six bassoon student participants to play in the afternoon masterclasses. To be considered for masterclass performance, check the appropriate box on the registration form. A short verbal or written recommendation from your private teacher is required. An accompanist will be provided or you may bring your own. Oboists should contact Mark Hill at 301-405-5524, e-mail:, and bassoonists should contact Sue Heineman at 202-489-1221, e-mail:


Following the masterclasses, all participants are invited to take the stage and perform in our festive "play-in" reading. This year's selection will feature English double reed ensemble music from the early 17th century baroque period by William Croft. Oboe, English horn and bassoon parts can be downloaded from the links below.

Oboists who play English horn and can bring an instrument: please download the English horn part.
Oboists whose birthdays are in the months of January through June: please download the Oboe 1 part.
oboists whose birthdays are in the months of July-December: please download the Oboe 2 part.
Bassoonists: download the Bassoon part!





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9:30 to 10:00 a.m.Check-in/Registration at the Clarice Smith Center Lobby
10:00 to 11:15 a.m.Recital with Sue Heineman, Mark Hill, Erich Hecksher, Robert Atherholt, and students from the UMD double reed studios.
11:15 a.m. to NoonQ&A/Discussion Period
Noon to 1 p.m.Lunch, instrument maintenance, equipment presentations, tours of the Clarice Smith Center
1 to 3 p.m.Masterclasses
3:15 to 4 p.m.“Play-in” Reading Performance with all participants


Mark Hill has earned a wide reputation as an oboe and English horn soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, recording artist and teacher. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony among others; was a previously member of the New York Chamber Symphony; and is currently principal oboe of the National Philharmonic. His chamber music experience includes collaborations with such artists as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Guarneri String Quartet. He recorded on at least nine major labels and was English horn soloist on the Grammy-nominated Angel recording of Copland's Quiet City and Music for the Theater with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Symphony. >>more


Sue Heineman is the Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the NSO on numerous occasions, as well as the Kennedy Center Chamber Players. Ms. Heineman has performed as guest Principal Bassoonist of the LA Philharmonic and is a frequent soloist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. A former member of the Aspen Wind Quintet, she has performed with the American Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. >>more


Erich Heckscher is Principal Bassoon of the National Philharmonic and Britt Festival Orchestra. He served as Acting Second Bassoon with the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season and was formerly Principal Bassoon with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Second Bassoon with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra, and appeared as Guest Principal Bassoon with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Other appearances include the Dallas, Virginia and Charleston Symphony Orchestras, the Atlanta Opera, the Tulsa Opera and the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera. >>more


Robert Atherholt retired from the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2011 after twenty-seven years as Principal oboist. He continues his long association at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he is Professor of oboe. He was a student of Robert Bloom at The Juilliard School. Prior to joining the HSO, he was a member of Orpheus, The St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and The Opera Orchestra of New York among others. During the summer of 2013 he will perform/teach at the Grand Teton Festival, The Texas Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, and The Aspen Music Festival.