Oboe Intensive at Western University

July 23-26, 2019

Over 26 hours of masterclasses, tutorials, reed-making and recitals designed to improve your oboe performance skills!

Session 1 (July 23 - 25) - Oboe Fundamentals

$250 + $37.50 HST ($287.50 total) for participants
$200 + $26.00 HST ($226.00 total) for auditors

Oboists of all skill levels and ages are welcome.

  • Masterclasses highlighting technique, embouchure, tone, pitch, articulation, vibrato and phrasing
  • hands-on reed making and cane preparation
  • Daily reed checks for participants**
  • The art of knife sharpening
  • Understanding oboe adjustments and maintenance
  • Chamber Music
  • Two recitals
  • Massed performance
  • Lunch included

**Performer spots are limited to 12 and are chosen on a first come basis. Oboists of all skill levels and ages are welcome. In addition to attending all classes, performers will be assigned a study to play in a masterclass and will have the option of performing in a solo recital. Daily reeds checks will be offered.

Auditors are invited to attend all classes/recitals, take part in reed making/cane preparation tutorials, instrument adjustment and maintenance classes, chamber music and play in the massed performance. Auditors will not perform in masterclasses/recital or have daily reed checks. Lunch is provided for performers and auditors.

Session 2 (July 26) - Two classes to choose from – new in 2019!

1) Performance / Audition Preparation

$75 + $9.75 HST ($84.75 total) for participants
$50 + $6.50 HST ($56.50 total) for auditors

Performance / Audition Preparation includes:

  • Preparation techniques for successful performances/auditions including managing performance anxiety
  • Reed checks for performers**
  • Excerpt review
  • Mock audition
  • Lunch

**Performers spots are limited to 6 and participants should have advanced skills. University students and young professionals are encouraged to apply. Performers Participants will be assigned 1 or 2 orchestral excerpts to prepare in advance and must agree to take part in the mock audition exercise. Reed checks will be available to performers only.

Auditors are invited to attend all classes/lectures and the mock audition. Auditors will not perform or have reed checks. Lunch is provided for both auditors and performers.

2 ) “Concert-Stories” Workshop – Designing and Performing

Special Guest: Joey Salvalaggio, Principal Oboe – Memphis Symphony Orchestra

$75 + $9.75 HST ($84.75 total) for participants

And, for those of you who wish to put your imagination and instrumental skills to work, OI has scheduled a special day with Joey Salvalaggio. Joey brings more than 20 years of experience as an oboist and educator designing and performing “concert-stories” that combine live classical music and storytelling.

In this do-it-yourself, step-by-step approach to program construction and performance, you learn to design your own small ensemble program tapping into your creativity, organizational skills and passion for education through the arts.

Learning Goals:

  • Program and concept design
  • Create educational connections with your creative content
  • Develop new techniques to engage young audiences while teaching and performing.

This workshop is ideal for students and professionals alike and teaches you to build an authentic program that is gratifying for both performers and young audiences. Your authenticity and creativity will be your best asset in this work.

For Session Two – Please register for Class 1 or Class 2, but not both!


Registration deadline: June 15, 2019.

NOTE: All fees include a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee.

Are you registered for the Western University Summer Band Camp taking place the same week? Oboists registered for the Summer Band Camp are welcome to audit the Oboe Intensive classes at no additional charge.

How can I get more information about the program?

For complete schedule, pricing and additional information visit http://shelleyheron.ca/oboe-intensive-2019 or contact Shelley Heron at (519) 661-2111 x85844.

Oboe Intensive at Western University c/o Shelley Heron
Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University

1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 85844

Oboe Intensive 2018 Slideshow

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