Double Reed Day
Double Reed Day
The day will include recital performances, oboe and bassoon masterclasses and a Q&A discussion with faculty and guest artists. The afternoon will also include an All-State audition workshop for State of Maryland residents.
We will cap off the day with a presentation from our School of Music admissions team for all students, parents and teachers interested in learning more about study at UMD.
This year’s virtual event will feature distinguished guest artists Robert Botti, oboist with the New York Philharmonic, and Sophie Dervaux, principal bassoonist with the Vienna Philharmonic.
All are welcome to attend. We are looking forward to meeting you at this free virtual event!
- 9:00 a.m. — Welcome and Recital
- 10:00 a.m. — Q&A with Faculty and Guest Artists
- 10:30 a.m. — Masterclasses (led by the guest artists)
- 12:30 p.m. — Lunch Break
- 1 p.m. — Maryland All-State Audition Workshops (led by UMD faculty)
- 2 p.m. — UMD School of Music Admissions Presentation and Q&A
There will be opportunities for six oboists and six bassoonists to perform in the masterclasses. Participants selected for performance in the masterclasses will be asked to submit around 5 minutes of recorded music, which will be shared during the class followed by real-time playing and instruction by faculty and guest artists. Registrants who wish to perform on the masterclass can apply to do so on the registration form and will be contacted if selected. Recorded performances will be due by October 21st.
ABOUT OUR FACULTY
Mark Hill is professor of oboe at the UMD School of Music and principal oboe of the National Philharmonic. He has performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, Orpheus, the Baltimore Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has worked with such groups as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Guarneri Quartet, the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Sylvan Winds, the Mendelssohn Quartet and contemporary music groups such as Speculum Musicae and New York’s Music Today Ensemble. He has been a performer and faculty member of the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont for the past 23 years, and has released two solo albums on Albany Records, “Alchemy” and “Sad Steps,” both to critical acclaim.
Joseph Grimmer is principal bassoon of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra and teaches at the UMD School of Music. He also holds the principal bassoon position of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and was recently appointed principal bassoon of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He previously served as principal bassoon with the Jacksonville Symphony, was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, acting assistant principal bassoon with the Naples Philharmonic and spent six summers as assistant principal bassoon with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Grimmer has performed as guest principal bassoon with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, IRIS Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra and many of the regional orchestras in the Washington, D.C., area. He is a faculty member of the Miami Music Festival, previously taught at the Shenandoah Conservatory and has given masterclasses in Spain, Sweden, Canada and throughout the USA.
ABOUT THE GUEST ARTISTS
Oboist Robert Botti has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist. A native of New York, he studied with Ronald Roseman and Harold Gomberg at the Juilliard School. Botti joined the New York Philharmonic as second oboe in 1992 after serving as principal oboe of the New York City Opera Orchestra. His continuing interest in contemporary music and education has allowed him to work with many young composers throughout his career. He was visiting professor of oboe and B.A. Nugent professor of performance studies at the University of Illinois. Most recently, during this Covid time, he participated in outdoor performances with the New York Philharmonic Bandwagon bringing music to the streets of New York. He remains on both the woodwind performance and orchestral performance faculties at the Manhattan School of Music as well as on the faculty of New York University.
Sophie Dervaux joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic as principal bassoon in 2015. Previously, she was contrabassoon of the Berlin Philharmonic. Prizewinner of prestigious competitions, which includes the international ARD Competition Munich and the Bonn Beethoven-Ring, among others, Dervaux has performed as soloist with many orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and l’ Orchestre National de Lyon. Dervaux first studied guitar and clarinet, and started playing the bassoon in 2003. She continued her studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon, France, at the Hochschule für Musik “Hans Eisler” and the Karajan Academy in Berlin. Dervaux’s teachers include Carlo Colombo, Jean Pignoly, Volker Tessmann and Daniele Damiano.