The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute with Julia Lockhart and Sophie Dansereau

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute with Julia Lockhart and Sophie Dansereau

Calling bassoonists! The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute has extended the application deadline for bassoon students to May 17th.

This world-class summer music program offers bassoonists, aged 14-28, an exciting and unique experience through three inspirational opportunities to work with the bassoon section of the Vancouver Symphony, Julia Lockhart and Sophie Dansereau, along with guest artists and with other faculty members drawn from the VSO and led by Maestro Otto Tausk, Music Director of the VSO.

The Professional Training Program and Young Musicians Program are fully online, offering in-depth performance and direct mentorship experiences and opportunities to interact with both faculty and fellow students. Students from the Greater Vancouver area can also join the in-person Chamber Music Intensive at the VSO School of Music.  

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VSOI Julia Lockhart and Sophie Dansereau Bassoon

Julia Lockhart and Sophie Dansereau

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Julia Lockhart is the Principal Bassoonist of the VSO and Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at UBC. Sophie Dansereau is the Assistant Principal Bassoon of the VSO and teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Both are very active musically beyond the symphony and are committed to fostering the next generation of bassoon players.

Tuition is $350; Scholarships are available. For more details, and to apply: Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute 

Please consider sponsoring a deserving young bassoonist.

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PAUL BUTTEMER DAY MAY 4 – REEDMAKING GALORE!

PAUL BUTTEMER DAY MAY 4 – REEDMAKING GALORE!

PAUL BUTTEMER DAY May 4 at 4pm

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 bassoons.ch – 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

www.brookevalleybassoondays.ca.

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Richard Hoenich and Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

Richard Hoenich and Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

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Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

By Richard Hoenich

Canada’s first and only bassoon camp for all ages.

Established in 2012, Brooke Valley Bassoon Days is Canada’s  first and only bassoon camp. Not surprisingly, BVBD 2020 is going “virtual.” For our 9th season, my co-director Jo Ann Simpson and I have scheduled online versions of many of our regular activities, including masterclasses, group warm-ups, and reed making get-togethers, that have packed the seven days and six nights of previous years. Participants will record and upload their parts for the “Rackett,” our bassoon and contrabassoon ‘orchestra’ that always performs at our final concert. We’ll be joined remotely by a large and well-known international and Canadian bassoon faculty who are happy to have this opportunity. We’re all excited by the possibilities a virtual session will present and are looking forward to seeing how the old will blend with the new.

Brooke Valley Bassoon Days (BVBD) had its start in Jo Ann Simpson’s imagination. As Ottawa’s “go-to” teacher of middle- and high-school- aged bassoonists, she had long dreamed of an August multi-day event that would ready her students for the coming year’s lessons and ensembles. After many years of pursuing our respective careers, we happened to meet at a local church production of Bach’s B minor mass. I invited Jo Ann for lunch at my home, which is on an unpaved road in Brooke Valley, Ontario. She was instantly smitten. Taking in the country ambience in one breath, she said, “This is where an August bassoon blast could be amazing. Wanna do it together?” “Sure,” I replied. “Just not at the house. There has to be something nearby that would work better.” And with a little searching, there it was…Providence Point in Lanark Village, about ninety kilometers from Ottawa.

We started in 2012 with just 13 participants. Last summer we had 45. We’ve welcomed players of all levels of experience and interest from across Canada, the US and the European Union, and we remain unique as the only residential bassoon event in the country. Our days are filled with all things bassoon; our evenings (often into the wee hours) are spent making reeds, examining orchestral excerpts in great detail, or just enjoying one another’s company. Jo Ann and I believe that discovering the joys and challenges of growing as bassoonists and musicians is best served in a setting that’s fun, focused, and supportive. Judging by the numbers of folks who return year after year, I would say they agree.

Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

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