Nine oboists and thirteen bassoonists attended the University of Florida’s Double Reed Day on September 23, 2017. Dr. Leslie Odom, associate professor of oboe and theory, and Anthony Anurca, adjunct professor of bassoon, from the School of Music (SOM) hosted the day filled with interactive events, which were hands-on, educational and full of music making! Students came from middle and high schools in the surrounding area while SOM students from both studios assisted throughout the day.
Activities included learning how to make reeds, performances in Master Classes and ensemble playing, as well as how to care for their instruments.
Guest exhibitor, Bruce Marking of Buffet Crampon (located in Jacksonville), spent the day repairing various instruments and explaining how to maintain the instruments. He also brought some new Buffet oboes for the students to try.
At the end of the day, all of the students participated in a double reed ensemble, playing several works arranged for various combinations of oboes, English horns, bassoons, and contra bassoons. It was quite a remarkable and unmistakable sound! The day concluded with a performance by Odom, Anurca and Dr. Kevin Sharpe, associate professor of piano.