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.
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.