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Oboe & Bassoon Camp

2014 Oboe and Bassoon Camp Intensive!

Campers participate in several intensive days of oboe and bassoon instruction that includes solos, duets, quartets, and double reed choir. Core topics include: tone production, breath support, warm-ups, practice techniques, phrasing, vibrato, and reed-making and adjustment. The camp takes place from Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014, to Saturday morning, July 12, and culminates in a demonstration performance for parents, family and friends on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

The camp is open to junior high school and high school age oboe and bassoon players. All participants will receive individual instruction as well as small group instruction. Campers will be grouped according to age and ability and will spend several hours each day in chamber music rehearsals, as well as spend time working with faculty and staff coaches in master classes, sectionals, and reed labs. Prior reed-making knowledge is not necessary and the opportunity to purchase some supplies and texts may be available during the camp. However, campers should come equipped with enough reeds to survive the intensive 3 days of practice and rehearsals.

Placement Auditions will be held during check-in on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. All campers should be prepared to play a variety of scales and an etude or solo of their choice. Campers should also expect to sight-read a selection that will be made available at the audition.

The camp faculty is comprised primarily of the Mansfield University Music Department and is augmented by individuals in the music field who are outstanding players and teachers. Camp counselors are selected Mansfield University alumni and music majors and will also serve as teaching staff by helping to coach master classes and chamber ensembles. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:10. Campers and counselors live in the campus residence hall and eat in the campus cafeteria.

For more information contact Dr. Susan Laib at or call the Music Department at (570) 662-4710.

Camp Staff:

Dr. Susan Laib, Associate Professor of Music at Mansfield University

Dr. Susan Laib came to the Twin Tiers in 1989 to join the faculty of Mansfield University, where her primary duties are teaching oboe, bassoon and coaching chamber music. She is also principal oboe in the Williamsport (PA) Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and has performed with a variety of area groups including the Williamsport Symphony Wind Quintet, the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Ithaca Bach Festival, Rochester Bach Festival, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra and Nittany Valley Symphony.

Dr. Laib was an invited performer at the 2007 International Double Reed Society convention at Ithaca College as a member of the Mansfield Wind Trio. Previously, she was a featured performer at the 1988 IDRS convention at the University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. She has also been a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, on the faculty of Tennessee Technological University, toured Belgium and Holland in 1988 with the Cumberland Quintet and performed in their successful 1986 debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City.

Dr. Laib holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado, and Florida State University. Her teachers include Robert Sprenkle, Thomas Stacy, David Abosch, Ronald Roseman, Richard Killmer, and she has attended master classes with Barrick Stees, Christopher Weait, John Mack, Joseph Robinson, and the 2005 Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp.

Maxwell Grube

Maxwell Grube is currently a Doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music (ESM),working toward his Doctor of Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance and Literature degree. Grube has had the pleasure of playing both in chamber groups and large ensembles at ESM, including Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, and graduate Wind Quintet. He is currently enjoying ongoing studies with Eastman bassoon instructor, Professor John Hunt. His Bassoon Teaching Assistant position includes studio-related duties and teaching bassoon methods classes at ESM.

Grube earned his Master of Music degree from Arizona State University (ASU), where he studied with bassoonist Dr. Albie Micklich. Within his first year at ASU, he served as International Double Reed Society (IDRS)2011 Conference Coordinator. During this event, Grube collaborated with some ofthe most esteemed double reed specialists, pedagogues, and performers fromaround the globe. He also had the honor of performing in Judith Leclair's and John Steinmetz's bassoon master classes during the conference. He worked closely with IDRS 2011 artists during the many months leading up to the event, and he became a key player in the organizational committee that planned the conference. As an active bassoonist in school and within the Greater Phoenix Area, he performed frequently with the ASU Chamber Players, Symphony Orchestra,Wind Symphony, pit orchestras, and various student/faculty groups.

Originally from Long Island, NY, Grube completed undergraduate studies at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (MU) in 2010, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Grube studied with Dr. Susan G. Laib, Professor of Double Reeds, during his years there. While at Mansfield, he was a member of the MU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber groups including the MU Woodwind Quintet and Bassoon Quartet. In 2009 he was selected as a winner in the Orchestra's Annual Concerto Competition and had the honor of performing the third movement (Rondo: Allegro) from Weber's Bassoon Concerto in F major with the group.

Oboe & Bassoon Camp

Dates: July 8-12, 2014

Ages: 13 - 18

Residential Fee: $310
(includes instruction, all meals, & lodging)

Commuter Fee: $260
(includes instruction, lunch, & dinner)

Non-refundable Deposit: $75
(Required at the time of registration)

Balance of Payment Due: 
June 26, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Typical Daily Schedule

Camp Performance:
Final concert will be held Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 am.