Oboe Bootcamp: May 2017

Calling all oboists! Ready to jump start your summer practice? Need to address an embouchure or articulation issue? Just want to focus on fundamentals and endurance? Have no fear, oboe bootcamp is here! I've prepared a whole month of outlined practice for you with the materials. Keep in mind that the outlined practice can be spread over several practice sessions throughout the day and should be supplemented by sight reading and solo repertoire. 

You'll find two files attached:

1. Bootcamp Calendar with explanations on my abbreviations. Just ask if you have questions. 

2. Bootcamp Practice Material

Pages 1-4: Gillet

Pages 5-10 Vade Mecum

Pages 11-18 Barret A

Pages 19--21 Barret B

Pages 22-23 the big summer GOAL! This is an ambitious exercise. Keep in mind that slow and steady practice will pay off!

Are you ready to start?! I'm starting May 1, so join in!

Graduate School decisions

Former student, Maja Dinger, has accepted a scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University for her Master of Music degree. Maja was a student of Dr. Sullivan from 2013-2016. Congratulations Maja! 

UNC Charlotte Woodwind Trio performs at MLK event

On January 15, 2017, the student woodwind trio from UNC Charlotte performed at the annual Charlotte MLK Day of Celebration at Friendship Baptist Church. The trio consists of music majors Danielle Dameron (flute), Michael Hollmond (oboe) and Chelsea Karpeh (clarinet). The ensemble performed Malcolm Arnold's Divertimento and Paul deWailley's Aubade. The trio continues to work together this semester and will be entering the MTNA Chamber Ensemble competition fall 2017. The trio is coached by Dr. Sullivan. 

Gordon Hunt Coming to Charlotte

World-renowned oboist, Gordon Hunt, will be coming to Charlotte to perform the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Hunt will be giving a masterclass at UNCC on March 10, 2017. Stay tuned for how you can participate in this sure-to-be amazing event!

Private Students Graduate

I am so excited to announce that my private student of four years, Chandler D., has accepted an offer to attend the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to study with Dr. Mark Ostich beginning Fall 2016. Chandler has done great work during his high school years, consistently making All-State and earning top honors at Solo & Ensemble. Chandler will be a great addition to the CCM studio!

EIU Oboe Students: Summer 2016 Study

Senior Oboe Performance Major, Maja D., heads to Austria to the Mozart Academy to study for Summer 2016. Maja plans to focus her study on the Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 316, for the duration of her stay in Austria. Have fun traveling Maja! We are proud of you!

Sophomore Music Minor, Bailey MG, will leave for Boston on a summer internship program specializing in neuroscience at the prestigious Boston Medical Hospital. Bailey was one of very few students selected from national applications for this internship. We are excited to see your work Bailey!

EIU Student Presents at NCUR

EIU Music Education major, Christina F., a secondary student of mine, presented her undergraduate research project at this year's NCUR conference held in Asheville, NC. Christina's research explores the use of positive power poses as an antidote to performance anxiety in music students. 

Great work Christina!

Exciting New Teaching Adventure!

As a teacher, my life ebbs and flows with the confines of the academic calendar. I find myself anxious and excited as August approaches with the promise of a new school year, new students, new repertoire to learn, new performances to plan. But May comes all too soon. This particular school year flew by me and all of a sudden, final exam week had arrived and I started saying my goodbyes. With graduation comes many goodbyes, but in this case it was me who was doing the leaving. After four joyful years of teaching at Eastern Illinois University, I will be moving to North Carolina to teach at UNC Charlotte. I am so thankful that its hard for me to say goodbye - how rare it is to work alongside talented and kind colleagues, wonderful and eager students, all inside a beautiful building. 

The landscape of fall 2016 will look much different than the first half of the year, but thankfully the important things will weave their common threads into my life: students to teach, colleagues to collaborate with, music to learn, reeds to make, places to explore....but now there will be mountains. Hello North Carolina.