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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Are You Interested in Studying Oboe in College?


Are you considering studying oboe in college?



There are still a few audition dates left for anyone interested in studying music at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire beginning Fall 2014

Dates
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire

Schedule
10:00 a.m. - Register for afternoon placement times, Fine Arts Center Lobby
10:30 a.m. - Information session for applicants and parents.
11-12:30 p.m. - Aural skills test
Beginning at noon - Performance placement and scholarship auditions and keyboard placement. (times identified at 10:00 a.m. check-in)

For more information,  click on the link below:

 UWEC Audition Application


 As a faculty member at UWEC, I'd like to tell you a little more about our program. While I am interested in the possibility of having you join the UWEC Oboe Studio next fall, my primary goal is to help you find the right school for YOU.

The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire is an internationally recognized university of about 11,000 students overall and the music program is the largest is the state, with 375 undergraduates. We do not have a graduate program,  and there are a wealth of performance opportunities for all oboe majors including orchestra, two bands,  and numerous chamber music ensembles. 

We have a select group of 9 oboe students at UWEC and while the studio is large,  it is a very supportive group of fun, talented, and creative people! In addition to weekly lessons,  there are also a weekly studio class and reed making class for all oboe majors.Because I am a full-time faculty member,  I am always here to answer questions and help with last-minute reed and instrument fixes as needed. 

We have a reed room where oboists/bassoonists can make reeds (and they seem to enjoy hanging out there too!). The reed room was outfitted with over $10,000 of reed making equipment several years ago,  so students have access to a number of shaper tips, a gouging machine, etc, etc for reed making.  We also regularly bring in guest artists for masterclasses and arrange trips to the Twin Cities for concert experiences as opportunities arise. In addition, I encourage students to take opportunities to study abroad and explore the world during their time in college. Recent students have studied abroad in Sweden, Austria, Italy, and Scotland.

Several years ago a former UWEC graduate donated 3 Loree oboes to the studio. This allows students in need of purchasing a new oboe to have a professional model oboe to play while they save up money. Or, if your own oboe is in the shop for repairs,  there's an instrument to use in the meantime. We also have several English horns available for student use as well.

Recent success stories of oboe students: 

  • In the the last 2 UWEC Orchestra Concerto Competitions, the 4 wind players who won were ALL oboists (performing the Mozart, Goossens, and  Strauss Oboe Concertos, respectively)
  • Three students participated in the 2013 John Mack Oboe Camp in Wildacres, NC
  • A student recently participated in the Walt Disney internship program in Orlando, FL 
  •  Three students collaborated with me on a research project that culminated in an article that was published last fall in the International Double Reed Society Journal.
UWEC oboe graduates are successful performers and teachers throughout the region and internationally in China and Hong Kong. Some have also gone on to graduate studies in both performance and education. My students work hard,  but they achieve great goals and enjoy the process along the way. 

I maintain a very active performance schedule both on an off campus to promote oboe playing and to demonstrate what I teach.  I perform solo recitals each year on campus, present performances on campus with the UWEC Faculty Wind Quintet, perform in the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Symphony,  and perform as a member of the Virtualosity Duo. I continue to perform on the national and international level to build recognition of the program at UWEC and to foster relationships with musicians and audiences around the globe. I'm also currently developing an oboe method for beginning oboists and have a great interest in oboe pedagogy (the study of teaching the oboe). If you are interested, you can find sound excerpts of my playing can be found at http://www.uwec.edu/Mus-The/faculty/garveycn.htm (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the sound links). 

The music education program at UWEC is an absolute standout in the state and Midwest region. Our graduates are HIGHLY sought after and our placement rate for recent graduates is still close to 100% (even in this tough economy). A large percentage of music majors at UWEC are seeking music education degrees and our department highly values the special needs of education majors and seeks to foster an inclusive yet challenging environment. Our graduates also hold prominent positions in the WMEA (Wisconsin Music Education Association) and are outstanding leaders in the field. 

If you are considering UWEC,  I highly encourage you to contact me and visit campus during the week when classes are in session.  You could observe a music theory class, sit in with one of the bands or orchestra and have a lesson with me to get a feel for what the department is like.  Or,  if travel is prohibitive,  contact me for a Skype meeting/lesson. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you with your college decisions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Christa Garvey

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mark Your Calendars! The UWEC Double Reed Day is Sunday, October 27th!


Come join us for a day of double reed-filled fun in the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire! All ages, levels, and backgrounds of oboe and bassoon players are welcome to attend. The day will begin with UWEC double reed faculty performing a short recital to welcome everyone to the day. Then we’ll break into smaller groups with sessions of specific interest for bassoonists and oboists. After lunch we invite all of you to participate in the rehearsal for massed double reed ensemble led by Dr. Stewart, UWEC director bands. After the rehearsal the UWEC faculty will lead masterclasses for both oboe and bassoon. The day concludes with our massed double reed ensemble concert. Throughout the day specialists from Midwest Musical Imports (mmimportsc.om) will have new instruments to try, as well as tools and accessories for purchase. While registration will be accepted at the door,  we encourage you to please register by Oct. 15th.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Musician in Training: Some thoughts for the new school year


I'm looking forward to seeing all of the UWEC oboists when classes begin Sept. 3rd!

In anticipation of the new school year,  I thought I'd repost something I wrote in my other blog, www.theoboist.blogspot.com  The topic is particularly important for all of you.


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The Musician in Training: Some thoughts for the new school year


  I always think the new academic year in early fall is a time of great excitement and renewal, and for me is like   most people'sNew Year's Day on January 1st.  It's a time to reflect on past accomplishments and consider how we want to improve ourselves and our careers. With that in mind,  I thought I'd write a post to all of you music students out there with a little advice on being a student.

(I got to the "22nd grade" as a doctoral student,  so I had lots of experience!)


  • First and foremost, remember that you are both a student scholar and a  musician in training. Keep your goals in mind with all that you do.

  •  You'll likely have some auditions at the beginning of the school year for ensemble placement. This isn't a test to see how you match up with others in your studio or school. This is an opportunity to test YOURSELF to see how much you've improved. Don't compare yourself to others or be jealous if someone gets a better placement than you. Only compare your playing to where YOU want to be. And I don't mean who gets first chair, etc. That's petty stuff that no one cares about in the really big picture. Think about skill attainment, improvement on  specific techniques,  repertoire that you want to master, opportunities to seek out, etc. Then go get it! 

  •  Get organized! Write out your schedule in a weekly calendar. Know when your classes are and then WRITE in the times that you plan to STUDY and PRACTICE and MAKE REEDS. Then stick to it. 

  •  No really, I mean it. Stick to your schedule. That way you'll look back on the day with a sense of accomplishment instead of feeling behind. 

  • Find a quiet place to study, away from the music building, reed room, or any other distractions. The school library is built for this! Use that time to really study and learn all that your classes have to offer. Turn off your cell phone. As a scholar in training, your study time is yours alone.
  •  If your teacher asks you to purchase specific music and reed materials, do so!  If some of the materials are too expensive for you,  be honest and TELL your teacher that you have financial constraints. They can often help you come up with an alternative plan or order fewer supplies, etc. But if you don't tell the teacher and don't show up to reed class or lessons with the proper music/supplies,  it will just seem like you're not interested or unorganized. For music, order it through interlibrary loan until you can buy your own. Find a way to work around your problems.
  •  Realize that your teacher has your best interests in mind. When your teacher gives you an assignment that you don't like,  don't whine or avoid it. Your teacher was a student at one time too, but they also know from direct experience what it takes to get a job. Listen to what they have to say and do what they assign.

  • If you don't understand what your teacher is teaching you, ASK for clarification. Even if you think you'll feel/ look "dumb." You only look "dumb" if you DON"T ask,  because then you'll surely not   understand the concept. Teachers are here to help you and usually like to know when they need to clarify a point.

  •  Never be afraid to stop in a professor's office hours. Stop in for extra questions and help. Really,  PLEASE! I can't tell you how many times I've had no students stopping in during office hours even though I KNOW some students are struggling. Office hours are YOUR time that you've PAID for as a student.  

  •  Minimize distractions while practicing. Turn off your cell phone. If there's a window on the practice room door, either put paper over it or turn your back to it so you don't see other students in the hall. Resist the urge to chat half of your practice away with others in the practice room areas. You can't count that time as practice! And let your friends know that when you're practicing, to not disrupt you. When you are in the practice rooms......practice.

  • Get enough sleep. You're probably thinking,  "yeah right!  I'm a busy music major! We don't sleep!!" If you have a schedule, stick to it, and still don't have time for everything you do,  then do less. Cut out the extra clubs, gigs, etc until you have a sustainable life. Remember that this is YOUR time as a musician in training to learn as much as you possibly can.

  •  Eat well. The junk food you've eaten as a teen won't sustain you very well as a musician in training. You're an adult now.  Eat veggies and fruits and only consume as little caffeine as is necessary (it can really affect nerves/performance anxiety). Foods with lots of sugar and fat will only make you feel lethargic and unfocused. So very not fun.

  •  Get some exercise. Add it into your schedule. As a college student you likely have a recreation center/pool/fitness classes that are really affordable. Use these resources to become a strong, healthy scholar musician in training. This will have important benefits for years to come. At the very least, take short practice breaks by taking a walk. Get out of that music building and breath some fresh air. The exercise will clear your mind and help you focus on your next endeavors as a scholar and musician in training.

  • Your fellow students are your colleagues NOW and are your FUTURE colleagues/contacts in our great profession after you graduate. Be supportive of one another and learn from each other! You'll be amazed at how many doors can open to you by being a good person and reliable colleague NOW. That big job you apply for just might have a former classmate on the hiring committee. They'll likely remember you, so make sure it is a positive memory. 

  • Form study groups with the strongest students. Learn how they learn. Take mini lessons from older students whom you admire. Learn how they learn.

  • Be kind to those struggling; they may not have had the advantages you've enjoyed. Share with them what you know and teach them how to succeed.
  • Work hard, but enjoy the process. Have fun with your fellow classmates and make some great music!


That's all for now. I'm SURE I'll have more to share soon.

Oboe and out,

Dr. G




Monday, May 27, 2013

Update: Joins us for the Oboe Reed Making Bootcamp, June 24-28th


For those of you who are interested in the Reed Making Bootcamp June 24th-28th in Eau Claire, WI,  here are some more details.

1. The camp is perfect for beginning oboe and English horn reed makers,  experienced reed makers wishing to refine their reed making skills,  or anyone wanting to join in with fun people to stockpile great reeds for the summer and fall.

2.The reed making sessions will be from June 24-28th and consist 2,  2.5 hour sessions each day (one from 10-12:30 and another from 3-5:30). The sessions will take place in my office at UW-Eau Claire. In-between those times I be available to teach 30 min oboe lessons to anyone interested (3 lessons for each student over the course of the week are available). 

3. If there are enough reed makers,  we could have some ad-hoc duo, trio, or oboe ensemble sight-reading sessions for fun.  There will be ALL levels at the reed table,  from several beginners to professionals, high-school, college,  adults. The aim is to welcome a diverse community of oboe lovers who simply want to learn more about reed making, playing oboe, and learn from each other in good company.

4. There will be no fees for the reed sessions,  just come as you can. However,  I will have quite a bit of gouged/shaped/folded cane available,  and I ask that anyone using the cane makes a donation to help cover those costs.    

5. If you are under 18 years of age,  please have your parents contact me.  Please note that I am not able to provide supervision outside of reed sessions, transportation, or housing. Hopefully in years to come if there is sufficient interest we can organize this into a more formal event with housing, supervised activities for minors outside of reed sessions, etc!

6. Do you need tools for reed making? Contact me for a list of tools you'll need and places to get them.


Contact: OboeForEveryone@gmail.com  Hope to see you there!

Oboe and out,

Dr. G

Monday, April 29, 2013

Join us for an Oboe Reed Maker's Bootcamp June 24th-28th


Oboe Reed Maker's Bootcamp June 24th-28th


Want to learn how to make reeds for the first time? Just looking to learn how to adjust the commercial reeds that you buy? Already know how to make reeds but want to refine your reed skills? Or, want to join a group of fun people to simply focus on reed making for a week and stockpile some great reeds for the summer and fall?

If so,  here's your opportunity! I'll be leading an 

Oboe Reedmaker's Bootcamp
June 24-28th 2013
 Eau Claire, WI


We'll be working on tying fundamentals, knife technique, understanding the parts of the reed, troubleshooting guidance for reed refining and adjustment, and everything else under the sun that pertains to reed making. The sessions will be half-day,  leaving you time to take an optional oboe lesson, practice your oboe, possibly play in ad hoc chamber groups, and to explore the lovely Eau Claire area (float down the Chippewa River on a raft, enjoy an outdoor concert, miles of bike/running/skating trails, fishing, boating, the Eau Claire Downtown Farmer's Market, mild Wisconsin summers, etc, etc!)


I'm here to help you become a better reed maker. Come join us at the reed table for a week of great learning in an informal setting. College students and amateurs are welcome! Since this is a part of OboeForEveryone, there is no cost to participate, but I am suggesting a donation to cover the cost of cane, etc. which will be supplied for beginning reed makers. 

Are you in? Contact me at: OboeForEveryone@gmail.com

My reed making background:  I've been making reeds for over 20 years, having studied the art of reed making with greats such as James Brody (Oboe Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder), Elaine Douvas (Oboe Professor at the Juilliard School and the person who taught me how to make the "5-minute reed"), and David Weber (owner of Weber Reeds and co-author of The Reed Maker's Manual) and inspired by the oboe teachings of Marc Lifschey. I have a thorough understanding of WHY reeds work and take the mystery out of reed making for my students to make reeds quickly and consistently.


I look forward to seeing you there,

Dr. G


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Attend Oboist Kathryn Greenbank's Masterclass at UW-Eau Claire on April 1st!


Here ye, hear ye!


All oboists in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin region take note!


 Kathryn Greenbank, the amazing principal oboist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will be giving a masterclass at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire on April 1st from 2-4 pm in Phillips Recital Hall. The public is welcome to attend this FREE event.  This is NOT an April Fool's Day joke!  

Mark your calendars and email me: OboeForEveryone@gmail.com for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Oboe and out,

Dr. G


If you've never heard Kathy Greenbank's exquisite playing,  try this out:





Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Congratulations to Jonathan Conjurske and Stuart Sutter

Congratulations to Jonathan Conjurske and Stuart Sutter on a FANTASTIC student recital yesterday! WOW!  Fantastic performances by all!!!


Jonathan, Stuart, and the rest of the great UWEC oboe crew

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Captured on video!


Greetings all!

I've been busy making short videos and loading them on YouTube for you to watch. Each  video is only a few minutes long,  but is full of essential information for playing the oboe. Topics covered include forming a basic embouchure, characteristics of a good oboe embouchure, embouchure flexibility exercises, troubleshooting advice for embouchure problems, and hand position.  Soon to come are more videos on how to play dynamics, articulation and the oboe, good body use, etc, etc. Think of each video as a  mini lesson on an important element of oboe playing. The concepts are useful to beginners, advanced players in need of a "refresher" lesson on basic elements of playing, or for those who want to improve their understanding of how to teach foundational elements to students. Here's a sample video below on forming a basic oboe embouchure.




 If you'd like to catch all of the videos and listen to some of my playing from live concerts, go to www.youtube.com and become a "subscriber" to my channel: "Christa Garvey"
That way you'll instantly receive notification when new videos are added. Or,  you can find them in the list of teaching videos on the OboeForEveryone site.

Enjoy and let me know what you think of the videos--are they helpful? What other videos about oboe playing topics would you like to see on Youtube? I look forward to hearing from you!

Oboe and out,

Dr. G

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

In Memoriam--William Bennett

This is a re-post from my other blog,  theoboist.blogspot.com

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By now many of you have heard the tragic news of San Francisco Symphony principal oboist William Bennet's brain hemorrhage and subsequent death on February 28th.  Bennet was performing the Strauss Oboe Concert at the time of his collapse.
you can read more here

The world has lost a consummate artist and wonderful person.


I think the first time I heard Bill Bennet's playing was way back when I was in high school.  Each week our local public radio station in Evansville, IN, would broadcast a show called SymphonyCast (or something like that, as memory serves) that featured full length, live performances of major symphonies.  For this small-town girl, the broadcasts were an incredible window into the repertoire and artistry of the world's finest orchestras. One week they featured the San Francisco Symphony performing Mozart's Oboe Concerto with William Bennett performing as soloist.  I was captivated by the performance--such sensitive playing, lovely sound, immaculate technique. Then the most memorable even occurred during the cadenza. He somehow wove in a short bit of La Marseillaise into a cadenza. To me that showed such playful daring! I was so impressed that he took that risk and the audience absolutely adored the moment as well since I could audibly hear their amusement. His risk payed off and produced an absolutely unforgettable performance and I immediately became a fan of his artistry and wit.


My Facebook account is FILLED with friends and colleagues posting and re-posting news articles of Bennett's passing and each post including a few words of their own about him.   A brief summary of descriptors includes,  "masterful musician," "profoundly beautiful playing," "exquisite oboist," "possessed blazing technique," "wonderful person," and the list goes on and on.  They're all true.


So many of us revered his playing deeply. We admired him as an artist musician, oboist, teacher, and human being.  But how many of us took the time to tell him this while he was living?

How often to do share your reactions with the performers who inspire you?  Do you let them know if you've enjoyed a performance? Except for applause,  the performers HAVE NO IDEA anyone enjoyed it. Audiences have been conditioned to applaud after a piece is finished much like Pavlov's dogs salivated in anticipation of food, so clapping doesn't really tell us much (unless it's REALLY LONG applause,  or INCREDIBLY LOUD and interspersed with CHEERS and STANDING OVATIONS--then we GET that the performance really meant something to the audience! :))

As performers we our buttressed by our own resolve to hone our craft in order to create/express music, and we work hard to share something special with our audiences, so WE NEVER TIRE to personally hear that someone has enjoyed what we do.  It confirms that what we do is relevant and has meaning to others outside ourselves/ colleagues and propels us to work harder, dig deeper,  bring more to an audience.

I encourage you to always GO backstage to tell a performer you enjoyed their performance (you might have to wait in line,  so be patient!). You'll probably leave the concert happy to have made a new connection with another human being.  My students usually comment,  "It was so great to meet performer "X!"  She was a nice PERSON."   Or send the performer a short email telling them what you most enjoyed,  or even (gasp) SNAIL MAIL the performer a short postcard or card mentioning that you enjoyed the performance. I'm not implying that you should  become a creepy, stalking fan; a simple bravo or recognition, or "thanks" is enough. If you're not sure what to say to a performer,  saying "thank for your performance,  I really enjoyed it" is a great start.  Or,  tell the performer which piece you enjoyed the most.  Or try to mention that you most enjoyed their expressive playing in a slow movement,  or that you were impressed with their technique in fast passages, or that you found their sound to be lovely. It doesn't need to be much,  and you don't need to be an "expert" at musical terms to say something. In fact,  one of the most memorable remarks I ever received was from a high school student who,  after my performance of the Mozart Oboe Concerto exclaimed,  "Wow!  You're like a NINJA on that oboe!"  I cherished what she meant,  and enjoyed the colorful simile immensely.

If you're not a performer,  know that your words DO MATTER. If you're a performer,  you understand how meaningful post-concert comments can be,  so pass on the goodwill and train your students to meet and TALK to performers too.  I once encouraged a student to talk to a "famous" performer after a concert and the student said to me,  "why should I tell them I liked the performance?  They must KNOW they're AWESOME."  What the student didn't understand is that some of the self-doubt and  and inner dialogue that happens when you are a beginner doesn't ever go away. The "I SUCK" moments happen for even the best musicians, it's just that the level of playing is higher.  The performer's ears become trained to listen for and correct minute deviations from  carefully honed technique, precision,  expressive nuances.  When practicing and in times of self doubt,  remembering words of praise and kindness can be a chorus of support giving life and reassurance to propel a performer back to trying new things, taking risks, and maybe even adding La Marseillaise into a cadenza.

If we take nothing from Bill Bennett's tragic and untimely death,  it is this:

Never miss an opportunity to tell someone you enjoyed their performance;  you never know when it will be their last. 

R.I.P Mr. Bennet. The world is better because of you.

Oboe and out,

The Oboist




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oboe for Everyone--Oboe lessons and resources for all


FYI, this post is duplicated from my other blog,  www.theoboist.blogspot.com


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"But history will judge you, and as the years pass, you will ultimately judge yourself, in the extent to which you have used your gifts and talents to lighten and enrich the lives of your fellow men. In your hands lies the future of your world and the fulfillment of the best qualities of your own spirit"

-Robert F. Kennedy (speech at Berkeley, 1966)


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Oboists,  let's make our world a little better (and smaller) starting today.

Service to our communities and the world can come in so many beautiful forms.  Over the years I have volunteered at the local homeless shelter, given as generously to the food banks as my professor salary allows, support environmental causes, etc, etc.  These are things that most people in my community have the skill set to do as time and generosity allows. But when I considered how I might use my specialized skill set (including a doctorate in oboe performance and pedagogy and 12 years teaching at the college level) to serve others in the world, my brain started spinning with this question:

What if EVERY OBOIST who wanted to take oboe lessons with an oboe specialist had the opportunity to do so,  regardless of location in the world or ability to pay ?


I often take on students for reduced rates to serve my community. It's a small action on my part but I believe it is really important to the students and families I can serve. Currently this blog reaches readers from over 60 different countries, many of whom do not have access to oboe lessons in their communities. But proximity to a teacher is no longer an issue with the use of free online video communication tools such as Skype ,  ooVoo , or Google Chat , for online lessons.

So my question to you is this:


Would you like to take oboe lessons but either don't know how to find a teacher or can't afford the usual lesson fees?  Or can you think of someone who might be able to benefit from this service? Or maybe you'd like a lesson or two to work with a topic I've written about? 



If so,  I am here to help.  I am willing to provide 2 online lessons (30 minutes each) to you on a "pay as you are able scale."  My usual rate is $30 per lesson, but please know that I am willing to teach you at a price that accommodates your budget, including free lessons.  After those two lessons,  we will either continue lessons or find a teacher (either near where you live or online) who can best match your needs.  For those interested in virtual lessons who are able to pay a fair rate for lessons, I ask that you please do so--this will provide the resources to support teaching those who cannot.

contact me at: OboeForEveryone@gmail.com for more information



This brings me to the second question:

Can I facilitate a network of oboe teachers, reed makers,  repair specialists, etc. who might be interested in sharing their specialized skill set to those with limited financial resources?



Oboe teachers--would you be willing to take on a student either in person or online for a reduced rate in order to serve your community and profession? If so, I'd love to meet you!

contact me at OboeForEveryone@gmail.com for more information

College oboe majors--would you like to gain experience teaching beginning players? Fantastic!  Let's connect:

contact me at OboeForEveryone@gmail.com for more information

Reedmakers--can I use your name/contact information to give to oboists looking for reeds? Or a link to your website? What are your rates? Would be be willing to occasionally produce reeds for a reduced rate for those who cannot afford your full price reeds? Let's begin a conversation:

contact me at OboeForEveryone@gmail.com for more information


To current oboe instructors:

First and foremost,  please know I have no intention of taking students away from their current teachers by undercutting the price of lessons. Many musicians make their living by the amazing work they do as lesson teachers, and in no way do I want to steal students away from their teachers.  It is my desire to provide the opportunity for lessons to those who, because of financial resources or current location, are unable to do so.  For those interested in lessons who are able to pay a fair rate for lessons, I ask that you please do so. It is my hope that this network will assist in pairing qualified teachers with students either in their communities or online.  

Let's do all that we can to connect with others to share our love of music and our oboe skills. And please forward this post to anyone else you think might be interested. Who's game?

"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world!"    --Anne Frank (diary entry, 1944)



Oboe and out,

Dr. G



Thursday, January 24, 2013

New website for you

Hi all!

I encourage you to check out the website that I just put together. It has links for some of my live recital recordings, a teaching demonstration and other assorted info.


https://sites.google.com/site/oboistchristagarvey/


Hope you enjoy!

Dr. G


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

An interesting read for college bound students

Here's an interesting link that I hope you enjoy reading. Your choice of school will have a huge impact on your life. Choose wisely and thoughtfully, my friends, and make the most of those years!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/opinion/sunday/bruni-how-to-choose-a-college.html?src=me&ref=general

Oboe and out,

Dr. G

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Studying Oboe at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire


Are you considering studying oboe in college?



There are still a few audition dates left for anyone interested in studying music at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire beginning Fall 2013:

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Saturday, March 9th, 2013

For more information,  click on the link below:

 UWEC Audition Application




 As a faculty member at UWEC, I'd like to tell you a little more about our program. While I am very interested in having you join the UWEC Oboe Studio next fall, myprimary goal is to help you find the right school for YOU.

The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire is an internationally recognized university of about 11,000 students overall and the music program is the largest is the state, with 375 undergraduates. We do not have a graduate program,  and there is a wealth of performance opportunities for all oboe majors including orchestra, two bands,  and numerous chamber music ensembles. We have a select group of 9 oboe students at UWEC and while the studio is large,  it is a very supportive group of fun, talented, and creative people! In addition to weekly lessons,  there is also a weekly studio class and reed making class for all oboe majors. Because I am a full-time faculty member,  I am always here to answer questions and help with last-minute reed and instrument fixes as needed. We also have a reed room where oboists/bassoonists can make reeds (and they seem to enjoy hanging out there too!). The reed room was outfitted with over $10,000 of reed making equipment several years ago,  so students have access to a number of shaper tips, a gouging machine, etc, etc for reed making.  We also regularly bring in guest artists for masterclasses,  and arrange trips to the Twin Cities for concert experiences as opportunities arise. In addition, I encourage students to take opportunities to study abroad and explore the world during their time in college. Recent students have studied abroad in Sweden, Austria, Italy, and Scotland.

Several years ago a former UWEC graduate donated 3 Loree oboes to the studio. This allows students in need of purchasing a new oboe to have a professional model oboe to play while they save up money. Or, if your own oboe is in the shop for repairs,  there's an instrument to use in the meantime. We also have several English horns available for student use as well.

Recent success stories of current oboe students include 3 students collaborating with me on an article that was published this fall in the International Double Reed Society Journal, and  2 oboists chosen for last year's UWEC Orchestra Concerto Competition performances  (performing the Mozart and Strauss Oboe Concertos, respectively).  A student was just selected to participate in the Walt Disney internship program in Orlando, FL. UWEC oboe graduates are successful performers and teachers throughout the region and internationally in China and Hong Kong. Some have also gone on to graduate studies in both performance and education. My students work hard,  but they achieve great goals and enjoy the process along the way. 

I maintain a very active performance schedule both on an off campus to promote oboe playing and to demonstrate what I teach.  I perform solo recitals each year on campus, present performances on campus with the UWEC Faculty Wind Quintet, perform in the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Symphony,  and perform as a member of the Virtualosity Duo. I continue to perform on the national and international level to build recognition of the program at UWEC and to foster relationships with musicians and audiences around the globe. I'm also currently developing an oboe method for beginning oboists and have a great interest in oboe pedagogy (the study of teaching the oboe). If you are interested, you can find sound excerpts of my playing can be found at: http://www.uwec.edu/Mus-The/faculty/garveycn.htm  (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the sound links). 

The music education program at UWEC is an absolute standout in the state and Midwest region. Our graduates are HIGHLY sought after and our placement rate for recent graduates is still close to 100% (even in this tough economy). A large percentage of music majors at UWEC are seeking music education degrees and our department highly values the special needs of education majors and seeks to foster an inclusive yet challenging environment. Our graduates also hold prominent positions in the WMEA (Wisconsin Music Education Association) and are outstanding leaders in the field. 

If you are considering UWEC,  I highly encourage you to visit campus during the week when classes are in session.  You could observe a music theory class, sit in with one of the bands and have a lesson with me to get a feel for what the department is like.  Or,  if travel is prohibitive,  contact me for a Skype meeting/lesson. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you with your college decisions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Christa Garvey