Double Reed Workshop


February 25, 2023  •  Timashev Family Music Building

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Double reeds, oboe and bassoon

We invite middle and high school oboists and bassoonists with at least one full year of playing experience to join us on campus for an exciting day of double reed events! Highlights include the opportunity to work with Ohio State faculty and students, learn about the art of reed making, rehearse and perform together in a conducted large ensemble comprised entirely of double reed instruments. 

Listen to recordings from previous double reed outreach events.

Event Details

ELIGIBILITY: Middle and high school oboists and bassoonists who have a minimum of one year of study/playing experience.

FEE: $35, includes T-shirt and lunch

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DEADLINE — Sunday, February 12 (see instructions below)


Registration Instructions and Payment

The registration process for Double Reed Workshop consists of several steps:

STEP 1. Download the following music for review. This must be completed before you register, as the registration form will include a few questions about these excerpts. Knowing your current level of comfort with this repertoire will allow us to provide the most helpful and meaningful experience for each participant.

  • Play through each excerpt several times (as you are able) and get to know them well enough to respond to the following questions, which will appear on the workshop registration form. Be honest, and don't feel tempted to overstate your ability. Our goal is for you to get the most out of the day and enjoy the experience.
    1. Which excerpts, if any, could you easily sight-read?
    2. Which excerpts are very easy?
    3. Which excerpts would you be able to play with confidence if you practiced them?
    4. Which excerpts are beyond your current skill level?
    5. Is there anything in these excerpts that you haven't yet learned or aren't yet comfortable with? (e.g. unknown fingerings, new clefs, ornaments, meters, key signatures, etc.).
  • The registration form will require you to respond to each of the questions above with one or more of the following answers as applicable for your instrument — Theme, Variation 1, Variation 2, Variation 3 (and Variation 4 for oboists).

STEP 2. Complete the online registration form and pay the program fee ($35) by credit card. A confirmation will be delivered a few minutes after submitting payment.

DEADLINE Sunday, February 12 | Closed

STEP 3. Complete and submit required forms. Approximately a week after registering, parents and students will receive the required participation forms via DocuSign. The forms must be completed and submitted by Monday, February 20 in order to participate.

STEP 4. FINAL INSTRUCTIONS. Approximately one week prior to the event, all registered participants will receive an email with detailed information for February 25, including what to bring, arrival, parking, check-in, as well as a link to the music to print and bring with you that day. 


10–10:15 a.m. — Arrival and Check-in
10:15–11 a.m. — Rehearsal 1 — Sarah Baker, conductor
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Reed time
12:30–1:30 — Lunch
1:30–2:30 — Rehearsal 2
2:30–3:15 — Special topics (30 minutes)
3:15–3:30 — Break/transition/warm-up
3:30 — Performance for parents, family and friends
4 p.m. — Goodbye!

Program directors

Oboe  Abby Yeakle Held, associated faculty

Abby Yeakle Held





Bassoon  Karen Pierson, associate professor; Jesse Schartz, associated faculty

Karen Pierson
Jesse Schartz


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