Summer Oboe Seminar

July 19 - 24, 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 homework assignments to complete each 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. 

Masterclass Topics

  • 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 email Anne Marie Gabriele, program director, for more information. 

Application Information 

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

  • Marcello second movement 
  • Bach Cantata 56, opening through bar 10 
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3, 2nd movement, Bars 8-16, 36-47 
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, 2nd movement opening through bar 21 
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, 2nd movement, letter A through B 
  • Le Tombeau de Couperin, 1st movement, opening through bar 14 (rehearsal number 2) 

Please email Anne Marie Gabriele your recordings or link with your full name.  The due date for summer 2021 applications is May 1, 2021.

Submit Application Materials

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. 

  • Participants: $450 
  • Auditors: $100 
  • Registration Fee: $40 

Register for 2021 Summer Oboe Seminar 

Successful applicants will be invited to register after review of their 2021 Summer Oboe Seminar application materials.

Register as an Auditor