Summer Oboe Seminar

Postponed Until Summer 2021

Anne Marie Gabriele, Director

The New England Conservatory Summer Oboe Seminar, for intermediate to advanced oboe players ages 14-21, focuses on the basics of oboe playing, taught through the standard repertoire. The seminar culminates in a mock audition that is required of each student. Students will be taken from the basic concept of scales and long tones through the standard etudes into the Mozart Concerto and orchestral excerpts in advance of the mock audition. The aim is to help prepare students for the audition process, at both the college and professional levels.  A typical day will consist of two master classes, morning and afternoon, with reed making instruction in the evening.

This year will feature special Guest Lecturer John Ferrillo, principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ferrillo will discuss the history of the oboe and American oboe lineage.

An oboe technician will be on-site at the beginning of the seminar for any adjustments or minor repairs.  This service is included in the tuition price.

Topics for masterclasses include:

• Scales and long tones as they apply to creating a phrase
• Barrett, the method book of all serious oboists
• The Mozart Concerto
• The top 12 oboe excerpts on audition lists
• Basic tenets of reed making
• Orchestra etiquette
• A life in music

For any questions about the program, please contact Anne Marie Gabriele, program director.

Audition Information

In order to attend the Summer Oboe Seminar, potential students must first apply.  In order to apply, please send a recording or a link (YouTube, Dropbox, etc.) of a recording of the applicant performing the following excerpts:

  • Marcello Oboe Concerto, 2nd movement in c minor
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3, 2nd movement, bars 8-16, 36-47
  • La Scala di Seta,  Andantino and 1 bar before rehearsal number 2- rehearsal number 3
  • Le Tombeau  de Couperin, 1st movement, opening through rehearsal number 2
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, 2nd movement, Beginning through bar 21

Please email Anne Marie Gabriele your recordings or link with your full name.  The due date for summer 2021 applications is TBD.

Summer Oboe Seminar

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, please fill out this form. The due date for summer 2021 applications is TBD.

Tuition & Registration

We welcome intermediate to advanced oboe players ages 14 to 25. Students are accepted from all over the U.S. and abroad.  Auditors welcome.  Please contact Anne Marie Gabriele for more information.

2020 Tuition and Fees:

Tuition: $700

Early bird by April 1:  $610

Registration Fee: $40

Auditors:  $350

Registration instructions will be sent to those applicants who are accepted.


Affordable on-campus housing is available at New England Conservatory’s new Student Life and Performance Center.

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Rates for 2020:

Double Room, including meals (under 18) – $124 per night
Double Room (18 or older) - $85 per night
Single Room (18 or older) – $105 per night
Single rooms are only available to participants age 18 and older.
All meals will be included for participants under the age of 18. For participants age 18 and older, meals will be optional for $39 per day.
One extra day is available on either end of the program dates to allow for travel.
The bathrooms are communal, but gender-specific. Some floors of the Residence Hall are co-ed, while some are single-gender. Linens and towels are provided.
If you are under 18, please contact summer programs registrar Rebecca Wolff to register for housing.
For any housing-specifc questions, please contact Steven Sweat, director of Residence Life and Housing. 
2021 Housing and Meal Plan Registration is not yet available.
There is a kitchen with refrigerator on the 4th floor of the Residence Hall if residential participants wish to buy and prepare food.  There are also numerous restaurants within close walking distance.
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