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
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Double Reed Day 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
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