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Double Reed Day


The University of Maryland School of Music oboe and bassoon faculty Mark HillJoseph Grimmer and Erich Heckscher invite double reed players, their teachers and parents for a day of inspired music-making, instruction, performances, discussions and the opportunity to learn what being a double reed player at the UMD School of Music is like. The day will include faculty and student performances, masterclasses and double reed vendors including Aria Double Reeds, Capitol Cane, Hodge Products and Wicked Edge Precision Knife Sharpeners. The day will also include forums on both music as a major and music as a career. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the application and audition process for admission to the UMD School of Music. We look forward to meeting you!


The registration fee for participants is $25. Teachers and parents may attend for free and should register with their participant. Lunch will be provided or you may bring your own.


Double Reed Day Registration



8:30 to 9 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Vendors open all day
9:15 to 9:30 a.m.Welcome remarks
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.Recital: Mark Hill, Joseph Grimmer and students of the Double Reed Studio
10:30 to 11 a.m.Forum: Music as a Career
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.Workshop: Preparing All-State Audition Repertoire for Oboe
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.Workshop: Preparing All-State Audition Repertoire for Bassoon
12 to 1:30 p.m.Lunch (provided) and visit vendors
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.Masterclass: Oboe
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.Masterclass: Bassoon
3:45 to 4:15 p.m.Forum: Music as a Major
4:30 to 5 p.m.Double Reed Choir Reading Session


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 previously a 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. Hill 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




Joseph Grimmer joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Washington National Opera Orchestra as Principal Bassoon in 2015. He previously served as Principal Bassoon with the Jacksonville Symphony, was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and spent the 2013-14 season as Acting Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Naples Philharmonic. He has performed as Guest Principal Bassoon with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic and Arizona Musicfest Orchestras. He regularly performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012, Grimmer has held the Assistant Principal Bassoon position with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. >>more



Erich Heckscher is currently Principal Bassoon with the National Philharmonic and the Maryland Symphony Orchestras, and an active performer in the DC area. He previously held the positions of Principal Bassoon with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Second Bassoon with the Houston Ballet and Alabama Symphony Orchestras, and served as guest Principal Bassoon with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2000. >>more






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