College of Fine & Performing Arts

Double Reed Day 2020

Double Reed Day

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 9:00am


Open to All at No Cost

Morning Session 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Master classes for junior/high school students 

Session A Solo & Ensemble Workshop

work with WWU oboe professor, Jennifer Weeks and WWU bassoon professor, Pat Nelson and learn how to perfect your performance for solo & ensemble.

Bring your accompanist, play without accompaniment, or use our staff accompanist for a fee.  Come to Performing Arts Center Room 16 - Choir Room.

Session B Double Reed Technique

Learn new drills that will help improve your air support, articulation, finger technique and, intonation.

This session will be broken up into beginner and intermediate/advanced sections in Performing Arts Center Rooms 24 and 47.

12 to 1 p.m. Lunch

Bring your own!

Afternoon Session 1 to 3 p.m.

Baroque Double Reeds for college and junior/high school double reed students

Discover the world of Baroque double reed instruments with Baroque Oboist, Curtis Foster and Baroque Bassoonist, Anna Marsh. Watch their Performance and their Master Class with WWU Double Reed students.

Learn about early double reed instruments and Baroque performance style:

  • How do you interpret a Baroque solo?
  • How do you play proper continuo?
  • This session will end with everyone playing in a big Double Reed Band.  

Reserve your spot now!

RSVP to Pat Nelson

Guest Artists

Anna Marsh

Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon, was highlighted by Philadelphia's Broad Street Review: "...memorable solos for Anna Marsh...a perfect evocation of a flowing river" anna marsh, a bassoonistand Boulder's Daily Camera: "the real highlight may have been Anna Marsh on bassoon. Marsh's concerto received a well-earned and warm ovation.” Anna owns seven bassoons from different eras and has played with Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta Di Mare, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Pacific Musicworks, Voices of Music, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra,  Handel and Haydn Society among others. She is bassoon faculty at the San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Workshop and is the orchestra manager and bassoonist at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She holds a Doctorate of Music in Historical Performance from Indiana University and has been heard on Performance Today, Harmonia, the Super Bowl, CBC radio and on  the record labels Chandos, Analekta, Centaur, Naxos, Avie, and on Musica Omnia's Grammy nominated album of Handel's "Israel in Egypt."

Curtis Foster

Curtis Foster, Baroque oboe and recorder, whose playing has been praised for its "brilliantly introverted charm" (Seattle Times), has appeared with many of North America's most respected early music ensembles, including Les Boréades de Montréal, the Seattle and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, and Victoria Baroque Players. He has also performed with Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Arion, and Mercury. In the summer, he can typically be found performing or teaching at various festivals, including the Oregon Bach Festival, Vancouver Bach Festival, Victoria Baroque Instrumental Academy, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the Whidbey Island Music Festival.

An enthusiastic advocate for music of our own time, Curtis regularly commissions and presents new works by contemporary composers for old instruments. An equally dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Foster Curtis Foster plays the oboeteaches Baroque oboe as part of the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme at the University of British Columbia, and is regularly invited to present workshops and masterclasses around the US and Canada. He can be heard on recordings from ATMA Classique, Naxos, Cedille Records, and IU Press.

Originally hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Curtis now makes his home in Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of Wichita State University and Indiana University's Early Music Institute.


For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found on Western's Disability Resources website.

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