Oboe Intensive at Western University

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Cancellation Notice
Western continues to monitor the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and takes its direction and shares information from federal, provincial and local health authorities. As a result, this program has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest and for your patience as we work through the refund process.


July 21-24, 2020

More than 40 hours of masterclasses, tutorials, reed making & recitals to choose from, designed to improve your oboe performance skills!


July 21-23

SESSION 1 - Oboe Fundamentals

  • Masterclasses highlighting technique, embouchure, tone, pitch, articulation, vibrato and phrasing
  • hands-on reed making and cane preparation
  • Daily reed checks for performers
  • The art of knife sharpening

And, NEW in 2020, a host of optional classes to choose from

  • Chamber Music
  • Two recitals
  • Massed performance

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.

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. Auditor spots are limited to 18.

Lunch is provided for performers and auditors.


July 24

SESSION 2 – Two classes to choose from

2a) Performance / Audition Preparation

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

Performers spots are limited to 8 and participants should have advanced skills. University students and young professionals are encouraged to apply. Performers will be assigned 1 or 2 orchestra excerpts to prepare in advance, and they must agree to take part in the mock audition exercise.

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.

2b) "Concert Stories" Workshop – Designing and Performing

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

For those who wish to put your imagination to work, Opera Intensive 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.


Session 1
$250 + HST for performers / $200 + HST for auditors

Session 2a
$75 + HST for performers / $50 + HST for auditors

Session 2b
$75 + HST for all registrants

Please note: A $25 non-refundable administration fee is included in all registrations.

Oboe Intensive 2018 Slideshow

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Contact Us

Oboe Intensive at Western University
c/o Shelley Heron
519-661-2111 x85844