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Our Thanks To:
* International competition adjudicator
and Howarth of London Oboe Manager,
Michael Britton (left), invites you to
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Mr. Jeremy Walsworth
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O b o e S t u d i o, p l e a s e c o n t a c t :
* Meet master reed-maker, Meredeth
Rouse (right), of Back Bay Reeds!
Introducing this valuable new
handmade reed resource to players in
the Northern VA area!
12:00pm — 1:00pm
“Where do Oboes Come
From?” A clinic by
Master Oboe Builder and
Howarth of London’s
Jeremy Walsworth!
Lorrie Brown, Ed.D.
Professor of Oboe
[email protected]
George Mason University
College of Visual and Performing Arts
School of Music
Mason 2010
Hosted by the GMU Oboe Studio
Sunday, April 11, 2010
11am — 6pm
1:30pm — 4:30pm
Master class by
Joseph Robinson,
Principal Oboist (Ret.)
of the New York
Performing Arts Building
Choral Room # 323
About Joseph Robinson
For 27 years, Joseph Robinson served as principal oboe of the New
York Philharmonic. Following his famous predecessor Harold
Gomberg, he was the last oboist in America to study directly with the
legendary Marcel Tabuteau. Like both of them, Mr. Robinson became
one of the most distinguished orchestra musicians of his era.
A native of Lenoir, NC Joseph Robinson majored in English and
economics at Davidson College, where he was elected to Phi Beta
Kappa and earned a Fulbright Award for study of federal
governmental support to the arts in Germany. In 1983, he received
an honorary Doctor of Music degree from his undergraduate alma
mater, Davidson College, where with Zubin Mehta’s help he created a
major scholarship fund for young musicians at the school.
Since his retirement from the New York Phil in September
2005, Mr. Robinson has continued to appear extensively
as an oboe soloist, chamber musician, teacher and
clinician from Atlanta to Alaska. Performances have
included concerti by J. S. Bach; G. F. Handel, J. C. Bach, W.
A. Mozart, R. Vaughan-Williams, J. Francaix and R.
Strauss, which he played eight times during the summer
of 2007. He also appears often in duo concerti and recital
programs with Mary Kay Robinson, his violinist wife.
Photo Credit: www.oboejoe.net
"Had Robinson achieved the degree of success in government as he has in
musical performance, no doubt he would have his own Cabinet department, or
perhaps a third party of idealists cheering him on the hustings. That is to say,
his oboe playing leaves no room for improvement, only for dreams."
- Tallahassee critic following 1984 performance of the Vaughan Williams
Mr. Robinson continues to coach and teach each summer at the Bowdoin
International Music Festival and to participate in the Bellingham Festival of
Music. He is a member of the board of directors of the Pacific Arts Association.
In April 2006, together with award-winning film maker Jason Starr, he
produced in New York City’s Riverside Church an historic concert/documentary
of Mahler’s Second Symphony, broadcasts of which began in 2008.
Katie Kane is a senior at George Mason University, pursuing a Bachelor of
Arts in Music as well as in English, with a concentration in Medieval and
Renaissance Literature. She is a University Scholar and a member of the
Honors Program. Katie is principal oboist in the GMU Wind Symphony and the
GMU Symphony Orchestra, and has played in the GMU Chamber Orchestra as
well as several GMU Opera performances. She has also played in various
chamber ensembles and has been a member of the woodwind quintet
Quintasia since its formation in 2006. Katie was a winner of the 2009 George
Mason University Concerto Competition and is a student of Dr. Lorrie Brown.
Bryan M. Walker, a native of Milford, DE is a first-year oboe performance
major at the University of Delaware, where he studies with Lloyd Shorter.
Bryan began studying the oboe in 8th grade and, shortly afterward, discovered
the English horn. In the short time since then, he has had the honor of
performing in master classes with Pedro Diaz and Thomas Stacy. Before
attending the University of Delaware, he studied with Larry Walker and was a
participant in the Delaware All-State Orchestra and Senior Concert Band.
Ryan Jones has appeared as an orchestral and chamber musician, as well as
a soloist, across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, currently
holding the position of Principal Oboe with the Peabody Concert Orchestra. He
has also played English horn with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. An
advocate for new music, he has appeared with Peabody’s Camerata in 2009,
playing Nicholas Maw’s “Little Concert” for Oboe solo and Orchestra. Also, as
an advocate for early music, he has appeared with the Baltimore Baroque
Band. In December of 2008, Ryan was called upon by the Astoria Symphony to
play oboe and English horn on tour featuring the Moscow Ballet Company while
in Baltimore. He has appeared in master classes with Nathan Hughes, Liang
Wang, and Scott Bell. Among other engagements, he has received a Semper
Fidelis Award of Musical Excellence from the United States Marine Corps, and is
a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of Instrumental Music. Ryan is currently a
sophomore oboe student of Katherine Needleman, pursuing a Bachelors of
Music at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.
Evgeny A. Sidorov holds his Associate of Arts Degree in Music from the L. Sobinov State
Musical College in Yaroslavl, Russia; Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music (the “Red”
Diploma with Distinction) and Post Graduate studies from the State Conservatory of Kazan,
Russia. Evgeny is the winner of the 1st All-Russian Competition for Wind Instruments in
Kazan, Russia. Since coming to the U.S. in 2007, he has been associated with the CUA
Symphony Orchestra, the Landon Symphonette, the Washington Opera Camerata,
Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra, among other orchestras in the Washington DC
area. Since 2006, Evgeny held faculty positions at the Kazan State Conservatory, Russia,
where he taught the oboe and wind ensemble graduate studies, along with being an
assistant conductor of the Winds Band. Currently, Evgeny is an active member of the
Metropolitan Washington DC Federation of Musicians, Local 161-710.
A native of Baltimore, oboist Elise Pohl has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral
musician with many ensembles throughout the Baltimore area, including the Morgan State
University Choir. She earned dual undergraduate degrees in Oboe Performance and
American Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), while studying
under Vladimir Lande. Elise currently leads the oboe section in the UMBC Symphony
Orchestra, and has been called upon by orchestras in the area, including the Lancaster
Symphony Orchestra and the Community Orchestra of Southern Maryland. She will return to
the Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra in the summer of 2010. Elise has also been a
featured soloist and in the Music Forum at the Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts,
the Church of the Good Shepherd, and Liberty Reformed Presbyterian Church. In the summer
of 2005, she participated in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra’s tour of Russia and
Estonia. Elise is the recipient of various achievement awards in music from UMBC, including
the 2008 Kauffman Innovation Fellowship for Music and Entrepreneurship, which she used to
establish a successful concert series.
Min Son, a student of Dr. Linda Monson, is a piano performance major pursuing a Bachelor
of Music degree at GMU. In addition, he is also pursuing studies with a pre‐med emphasis.
Min was selected to perform for the 2007 Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Musicale. He also
presented an All‐Chopin Recital in the spring of 2007. Min won the competition last spring
and performed the Bach concerto in D minor with the GMU chamber orchestra. He was
selected as a Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the piano performance majors in 2009.
Master Class Program
Min Son, piano accompanist
Oboe Concerto in C major, K.314: I. Allegro aperto ....................... Mozart
Katie Kane, George Mason University
Oboe Method: Etude #26 ............................................................... Barret
Bryan Walker, University of Delaware
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 ................................... Beethoven
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 ....................................... Tchaikovsky
Ryan Jones, Peabody Institute
Concerto in D major for Oboe: I. Allegro moderato ....................... Strauss
Evgeny Sidorov
Concerto in D major for Oboe: II. Andante, III. Vivace .................. Strauss
Elise Pohl
About Jeremy Walsworth
Becoming a co-owner of T.W. Howarth of London in 2002, Jeremy Walsworth has
collaborated with oboists across six continents in advancing the quality of oboes.
He is respected worldwide as a master builder of fine woodwind instruments,
and as one of this century’s major innovators in the field of oboe design. His
commitment to the future of oboe artisanship at T.W. Howarth began in 1981,
after he graduated from Newark College in Nottinghamshire, England, with a
Diploma in Woodwind Making and Repair. Jeremy has performed around the
United Kingdom as a jazz saxophonist and woodwind doubler, and recently had
his own info-mercial on the B.B.C..Jeremy enjoys a game of golf now and then,
as well as spending time with his daughter Ellie, his son Joey, and his brother,
Walter Raye, a rock artist on the Virgin Label.
About Michael Britton
Michael Britton is respected worldwide for his knowledge of the oboe and
English horn. He studied at music college in London and was oboe and English
horn player in the Performing Arts Council Orchestra, Pretoria and the South
African Radio Symphony Orchestra for several years. He also taught oboe at the
University of Pretoria and in the UK. Whilst in South Africa he played with fine
oboists from many western countries and developed an interest in the various
teaching methods in conservatoires around the world, the different styles of
playing and the wide range of reeds styles. He had ordered Howarth
instruments when a student but the company was very small and the waiting list
was so long that he had left the country before they were made! On his return
to London in 1978 he joined Howarth and took responsibility for oboe sales and
development. For the past thirty years, working with the production team, he
has led the development of the Howarth range of instruments, tested and tuned
the professional oboes and English horns and travelled worldwide exhibiting
Howarth instruments. He continues to be very interested in oboe playing, reeds
and musical training and arranges masterclasses by overseas artists in London
and in 2002 was the first western European jury member of the Lodz
International Oboe and Bassoon competition in Poland.