Southeastern Community Music School to host Double Reed Workshop

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Reed Making Workshop
by: Tonya Lowentritt

REED WORKSHOP - Dr. Jerry Voorhees (standing) assists bassoon students during a workshop at Southeastern Louisiana University as they learn the fine art of making bassoon reeds.

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School will hold its 33rd annual Double Reed Workshop Feb. 3 and 4.
     Scheduled at Pottle Music Building Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus, the workshop will provide instruction on the oboe and bassoon and will address playing position and technique, special fingerings, care and simple repairs; making double reeds for bassoon and oboe; and coaching on selected music, including contest and audition pieces.
     The two-day workshop is $30 and is open to junior high and high school students, as well as adults. The event begins on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. and ends on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. Southeastern’s Bassoon Professor Emeritus Jerry Voorhees and expert oboist Christine Webert will instruct the workshop.
     “This is the 33rd year in a row we have held this workshop. The oboe and bassoon are very important instruments in bands and orchestras, but not many students are studying them,” Voorhees said. “I hope the workshop encourages students to study and play these unusual instruments by providing specialized information which is important to playing them successfully - information not usually covered in school music classes.”
     For full details and registration, contact the Community Music School at 985-549-5502,, or contact Voorhees at 985-345-4537 or

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