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BYU School of Music hosts Double Reed Roundup Oct. 15-16

Brigham Young University’s 2010 Double Reed Roundup will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, in the Harris Fine Arts Center. Participants will be able to learn double reed instrument technique from School of Music professors and guest artists from Indiana University and Rice University.

Participants will have the chance to learn from Linda Strommen, professor of oboe at Indiana University, and Benjamin Kamins, professor of bassoon at Rice University. BYU’s Christian Smith and Geralyn Giovannetti will also be teaching.  

Participants can register by sending $20 to BYU School of Music, attn.: Christian Smith, C-550, HFAC, Provo, UT 84602. Participants should include their name, instrument, home address and e-mail address on a separate piece of paper.

Same-day registration is also available for $25. The first will take place Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. on the third floor of the HFAC and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. outside the Madsen Recital Hall. A second registration Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. will take place on the third floor of the HFAC.

On Oct. 15, a chamber music master class will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. by Strommen and Kamins followed by a free recital at 7:30 in the Madsen Recital Hall. The concert will showcase a number of concertos and pieces by Eric Ewazen, Libby Larsen, Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel. They will be accompanied by BYU’s Jeffrey Shumway and Jed Moss on piano.

Strommen is a professor of music at Indiana  University’s Jacobs School of Music. She is also a regular visiting instructor at The Juilliard School. She is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera. She has held many principal and assistant principal positionsthroughout the nation.  

Besides being a professor of bassoon at Rice University’s  Shepherd School of Music, Kamins is also an avid performer and one of the founding members of the Houston Symphony Chamber Players. He has held positions as the associate principal bassoon with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.

Classes Saturday will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will include individual classes with Kamins and Strommen. There will also be oboe and bassoon reed-making classes with BYU’s Giovannetti and Smith.

Later that night, a recital with the Sundance Trio and BYU faculty, students and alumni artists will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The recital will be free.

The Sundance Trio consists of Giovannetti on oboe, Smith on bassoon and Moss on piano. The recital will feature classical selections along with some upbeat pieces like “Humorous Scherzo for Four Bassoons” by Sergei Prokofiev and “Comic Book Quartet” by Bill Malcolm. The artists will also perform pieces by Johannes Brahms and Charles-Marie Widor, arranged for 12 oboes and bassoons.

For more information and a complete schedule, contact Christian Smith at (801) 422-4918 or e-mail

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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