Hosted by Jo Ann Simpson, May 4 is the 13th  annual Paul Buttemer Day to honour our memories of this wonderful Canadian bassoonist and reedmaker by making reeds as a community.

Since 2009, bassoonists from Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ohio and New York states have met annually at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, Quebec to share their reed trials and successes.

The 2021 event takes place entirely online from 9 am to 9 pm. People are welcome to drop in and out (and in again) as they please.

Highlights of the 13th Edition will include cameo appearances by some of our favourite reed experts.



Paul Buttemer Bassoonist and Reed maker

Paul Buttemer 1956 – 2008

SCHEDULE: (subject to change) All times are EDT.

9:30 am        ANDREW BURN – Historic Bassoon and Reed Maker – Two Styles of Hand Shaped Reeds

11:00 am      GARETH THOMAS – Cleveland Orchestra – The Cleveland Orchestra Reed

2:00 pm        JAMES MCKAY – Co-author of The Bassoon Reed Manual: Lou Skinner’s Theories and Techniques –

                       Lou Skinner’s Concept of Linear Enhancements

4:00 pm         CHRISTOPHER MILLARD – National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and University of Ottawa – Symmetry

5:30 pm         GLENN EINSCHLAG – Buffalo Philharmonic and Glenn Gould School, Toronto. – Reed Chit Chat

7:00 pm         CHRISTOPHER WEAIT – Composer, bassoonist, teacher, author. Finishing Reeds

Join any time on Tuesday May 4th for reed making, conversation and camaraderie.

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Here is the Zoom login. The room will be open from 9 am to 9 pm. You can join at any time and come and go as you please.

Topic:  Paul Buttemer Day 2021
Time: May 4, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 838 3728 1110

Passcode: 953153

Hosted by Jo Ann Simpson

Bassoonist and bassoon pedagogue

613 290 7462

Founder and Co-Director Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

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