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    David Crispin

    Fellow oboists,

    A few people, myself included, have expressed a desire to see some kind of master class devoted to oboe reed making at the 2005 conference. Of course the deadline for officially adding something like that to the conference schedule has long past, but James Ryon, associate professor of oboe at Louisiana State University and Principal Oboe of the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Akron Symphony, has agreed to address a group of interested people during the lunch hour on Monday, June 6th. I seem to be in charge of any organizational work related to this informal event. Becky Henderson has secured a room for the class.

    The class would be geared for those oboists who feel they “need some help” with their reed making, not intended to teach seasoned professionals new things. You can find Mr. Ryon’s impressive credentials and examples of his beautiful playing at http://www.music.lsu.edu/~jryon/ . He has studied with John Mack, a giant among oboe reed makers.

    Mr. Ryon’s plan for topics cover is as follows:

    1. Cane selection, gouge & shape.
    2. Tubes, mandrels, wrapping & ear removal
    3. Knife sharpening and when is it time to get a new knife
    3. Preliminary scrape and initial clip
    4. A 3 stage process for forming the tip
    5. The crow and what it tells you about the balance between tip,
    plateau & back
    6. Managing the reed “bullpen” and knowing when it’s time to retire the
    old timers and look for new talent

    This would be an ” at the chalkboard” class, not a hands-on reedmaking session. It’s fine with Mr. Ryon for attendees to bring their lunch or a snack, but I have not yet determined whether the University will allow this.

    I am told that the room which we have reserved for the class will comfortably hold about 15 people. With this limited capacity, I would ask that at the present time, only oboists who feel they would probably benefit from the class sign up. I would ask that masters of reedmaking and persons with only a passing interest in oboe reedmaking abstain from signing up at the present time. If space allows, we may have a few places to open up to those persons who would be attending more from curiosity.

    If you are interested in attending, you need to email me privately at crispinscreations@jam.rr.com ASAP. Replies made here at the Forum will not be considered for reservations. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.


    David Crispin

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