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Double Reed Day planned for Sunday, Oct. 27
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Double Reed Day planned for Sunday, Oct. 27

Oboist Colin Maier will be the featured guest artist for Double Reed Day at SUNY Fredonia on October 27

Now in its eighth year, the SUNY Fredonia School of Music's annual Double Reed Day will be held on Sunday, October 27. Middle and high school oboe and bassoon students are invited to spend the day working with Fredonia's double reed faculty members Sarah Hamilton and Mark DuBois (oboe) and Laura Koepke (bassoon).  The day will include masterclasses focusing on both solo performing and the techniques of playing, reedmaking classes focusing on how to adjust reeds so they will work more easily and successfully, coached double reed chamber music reading sessions and a final double reed ensemble performance conducted by special guest, Patricia Ellmauer, band director at the Sullivan West Central School District.  Event details and registration forms are online:  Registration deadline is October 11; workshop fee is $25 and includes lunch.  Parents and teachers are invited to attend the workshop for free and may purchase lunch on campus.

"Double Reed Day is a chance to share lots of information and techniques for performing more easily on these most special instruments," commented Dr. Sarah Hamilton.  "It's great for oboe and bassoon players, of which there are often so few in each school, to get together and find they are not alone."

Joining Double Reed Day this year will be oboist Colin Maier.  Born and raised in Calgary, Colin Maier graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a degree in oboe performance studying with David Sussman. Colin is currently the oboist for the internationally renowned and critically acclaimed ensemble “Quartetto Gelato” playing 50-70 concerts a year. During that time he has been heard on national radio broadcasts, seen on the BRAVO network and received the 2010 INDIE award for best classical ensemble. He has also played with many orchestras.

In addition to oboe, Colin also plays clarinet, english horn, violin, 5-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar and musical saw. With these other instruments, Colin has been the founder/leader of many independent groups that include: The Jive Mommas, High Strung, The Fabulous Doo-Wop Boys, The Plaid Tongued Devils, Sonshine and Broccoli, Full Fathom Five. In 2002, he was a featured Jazz oboist at the International Double Reed Festival where he performed and conducted a jazz master class.

In addition to being a musician, Colin has also worked for over 20 years as a dancer, actor, stuntman, singer, choreographer, acrobat and martial-artist. Colin had the honor of playing the devil fiddler in the flying blue canoe for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies.  This combination of music and theatre is quite unique and he continues to find new, exciting and ground breaking ways to combine his two passions.Colin will also give a free recital the night before Double Reed Day, Saturday, October 26 at 8pm in Rosch Recital Hall.

Double Reed Day participants will also have access to free double reed repair by woodwind repair technician Brenda Small, professional woodwind repair technician and oboist.  Originally from WNY, Brenda studied oboe privately with Rodney Pierce and went on to Ithaca College as an oboe performance major under Peter Hedrick.  Her business, Small Musical Services, is located in Buffalo.  She has been repairing all types of instruments and has been a member of NAPBIRT (National Association of Musical Instrument Repair Technicians) for over 20 years.

Complete event details and registration forms are online at

For a complete list of upcoming events in the School of Music, visit

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