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School of Music
Double Reed Day

School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151

Double Reed Day students

2014 Double Reed Day participants with faculty members Laura Koepke, Sarah Hamilton and Mark DuBois
with guest conductor Lisa Rice and guest bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson in Rosch Recital Hall.

Guest Artists


Robert Sorton
Robert Sorton,


Faculty Bios

  Sarah Hamilton
Sarah Hamilton

  Laura Koepke
Laura Koepke
  Marc DuBois
Mark DuBois,
  Richard Cripps
Richard Cripps, guest conductor

Double Reed Day 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015
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Registration includes lunch and DRD t-shirt for registered participants. Event is FREE for parents and teachers. (Parents & teachers may purchase lunch on campus or in town.)

Registration deadline is October 9th.
($5 late fee applied for all applications received after October 9.)

Double Reed Day at Fredonia is for Middle and High School oboists and bassoonists to come and spend the day working with the double reed faculty and students in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

Joining Double Reed Day this year will be master teacher and oboe reed maker Robert Sorton.

The day will include master classes focusing on both solo performing and the techniques of playing; coached double reed chamber music reading sessions, and a final double reed ensemble performance for everyone.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit guest vendor, Fox Products, exhibiting double reed instruments, double reed music and supplies available for sale.

Also available will be free double reed repairs by a professional woodwind repair technician Brenda Small. Don't miss this opportunity to get your instrument in great playing condition!

Special Note: Robert and Bailey Sorton will be featured recitalists the day before (Saturday, October 24th) at 2 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. Robert Sorton will also present a reed making master class at 4:30 p.m., after the recital. The events are free ... Don't miss them!




Robert H. Sorton is Professor of Oboe at The Ohio State University, a position he has held since 1988. He earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of John Mack, then Principal Oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Immediately after graduation, he accepted a position with the Miami Philharmonic. At 23, he won the position of Assistant Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for fourteen years. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral career, Mr. Sorton is an active chamber music performer and has performed concerti with numerous orchestras. He was Principal and Solo Oboe of both the Eastern Music Festival and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, and most recently the Midwest Oboe Camp and Oxford Oboes.

OBOHIO, The Double Reed Consort, was founded in January 1990 by Robert and Bailey Sorton. The quartet of oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn and bassoon performs a wide variety of repertoire from the Renaissance to modern times, from solo pieces to works incorporating additional musicians. The ensemble frequently performs compositions using the less common bass (baryton) oboe, musette oboe and contra-bassoon. OBOHIO has performed recitals and given master classes around the world. Since it's inception, the group has promoted the creation of new works for double reed ensembles.

OBOHIO, The Double Reed Consort
Robert Sorton, oboe
P. Bailey Sorton, oboe d'amore
Stephanie Kunz, English horn
Emily Patronik, bassoon

Richard Cripps is a native of the "Bandstand of the Finger Lakes," Gorham, New York, home of the annual Gorham Pageant of Bands, where he was a student of well-known composer/arranger Jack Bullock. Following graduation from high school, Mr. Cripps attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in music education.

Mr. Cripps' public school teaching career began in Hannibal, New York, where he assumed the duties of junior high school band director. While under his direction, the Hannibal Junior High School Band made many successful appearances at the Seneca Falls and Gorham Pageants of Bands, as well as participating in New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) major organization music festivals. The Hannibal Junior High Symphonic Band also performed for the 38th Annual Conference of the New York State School Music Association at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, New York.

In 1977, Mr. Cripps took the position of high school band director in the Central Square (New York) Central Schools district, later adding the title of "subject area specialist." Mr. Cripps started a field band program in Central Square, and in 1980, the Central Square Redmen Marching Band became a member of the New York State Field Band Conference. Since 1980, the Central Square Marching Band has been a regular competitor in the NYSFBC and was crowned state champions in 1987 and 1997. During his tenure in Central Square, the Central Square High School Wind Ensemble also participated in NYSSMA major organization music festivals, receiving A+ ratings, performed a demonstration clinic at Ithaca College for students in the music education program and also performed at music festivals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wildwood, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Massachusetts and Orlando, Florida. Under Mr. Cripps' direction, the Central Square "Festival of Bands" was conceived in 1997. Mr. Cripps retired from public school teaching in June 2002. In 2003 he accepted the position of educational representative for Midstate Music of CNY, a position he currently holds.

As a performing musician, Mr. Cripps has played with the Ontario Woodwind Quintet, the Oswego City Summer Concert Band, the Onondaga County Music Educators Wind Ensemble, the Phoenix Community Band and the Oswego Opera Theatre.

Professional organization memberships include National Association for Music Education (NAfME), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), the New York State Band Directors' Association, the National Band Association and when teaching served as President of the Oswego County Music Educators' Association. He has served as class representative on the NYSFBC executive committee and is currently the NYSFBC Financial Secretary. Since July of 2007 Mr. Cripps has served as a member of the Board of Education of the Central Square Central School District.

Mr. Cripps resides in Central Square with his wife Dale, and two daughters, Leah and Bethany.

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