Topic: James Caldwell obituary (from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

James Caldwell, 67, noted oboist, professor at Oberlin Conservatory
Saturday, February 11, 2006

Oberlin - James Caldwell, 67, a widely recognized oboist, educator and proponent of early music, died Wednesday at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria.

He had lung cancer.

As a professor of oboe at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 1971, he trained many of the profession's leading oboists, including Alex Klein, former principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Caldwell, and his wife, Catharina Meints, a cellist, founded the Baroque Performance Institute in 1972. It was the country's first summer institute for early-music singers and period instrument players.

Caldwell's performance career included serving as principal oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony and the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia.

He was an oboist with the Casals Festival Orchestra and the Chicago Little Symphony, gave recitals at Car negie Hall and Town Hall and was a member of the Marlboro Music Festival.

As a chamber musician, he performed with the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, the Oberlin Woodwind Quintet, the Soni Ventorum Quintet, among others. He was a founder of the Washington Consort of Viols and made frequent appearances at the Smithsonian Institution.

"Jim was a multifaceted person, a superb musician held in the highest esteem in the oboe world," said Mary Anne Ballard, a faculty member at the Baroque Performance Institute.

Caldwell's other interests included collecting Art Nouveau glass and furniture, making stained glass and jewelry, and in the last two decades, computer art and musical composition using synthesizers.

Caldwell was born in Gladewater, Texas, the son of a railroad station master.

He earned his diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1961 in Philadelphia.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Jonathan, of Lemoore, Calif.; and two sisters.

In lieu of a memorial service, his wife will host an open house for family, friends, colleagues, students and alumni at 4 p.m. Sunday at her home, 170 Pyle-South Amherst Road, Oberlin.

On April 18, Klein and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert dedicated to Caldwell at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Oberlin College announced.

Contributions may be made to the James B. Caldwell Scholarship Fund, Oberlin College, Oberlin 44074; and the Baroque Performance Institute Endowment, Oberlin College, 44074.

Arrangements are by the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin.

Paul Barrett
   -Principal Bassoonist, Honolulu Symphony
    -Lecturer in Bassoon, University of Hawaii