Area students participate in 25th annual Double Reed Workshop
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND – Seventeen students from area high schools and junior high schools participated in Southeastern Louisiana University’s 25th annual Double Reed Workshop, two days of specialized instruction for young oboe and bassoon performers.
The workshop, held Jan. 30-31 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building, was conducted by retired Southeastern music professor Jerry Voorhees, a renowned expert on woodwind fingering systems, and instructors Meredeth Rouse and Christine Webert.
The workshop, now celebrating its 25th year, not only gives the young musicians instruction in bassoon and oboe, but also provides unique instruction in the art of making reeds, a crucial skill, Voorhees said, for serious double reed musicians.
“One of the big problems for oboe and bassoon players is that it is very difficult to find suitable reeds. Most professionals make their own,” Voorhees explained.
The instructors were assisted by Southeastern bassoon student Aaron Albin and LSU oboe student Brooke Gaudet, who also served as chaperones for the students who “camped out” overnight in the Pottle Music Building.
Double Reed Workshop participants included Madie Savoie, Ponchatoula; Jonathan Amie, Mallory McKenzie, and Blaine Naquin, Covington; Michelle Bahlinger, Ashley Ducote, Meredith Faulkner, Hannah Lopez, and Joshua Martin, Mandeville; Eric Robinson, Slidell; Shannon Bellard and Christian Harris, Denham Springs; Regan Cascio and Heather Dickinson, Walker; Kaitlyn Craven, Baton Rouge; Aaron Dentro, Greenwell Springs; and Mia Bosco, Luling.