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Sunday, July 3, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, July 7, 2016 (All day) 2016 McGill Oboe Reed Making workshop

Are you a pre-university oboist looking to perfect your reed making skills?

Perhaps you haven't learned to make reeds yet?

Join us this summer for the McGill 2016 Oboe Reed Making Workshop!

Date: July 3-7, 2016

Location: Schulich School of Music of McGill University, 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal QC, H3a 1E3 Canada


Instructors:

  • Dr. Jacqueline Leclair
  • Teaching assistant and counsellor: Dana Boyd

Students will spend five days of reed-making sessions covering everything from the beginning stages of reed construction to putting the final touches on reeds. Beginning reed makers will acquire the skills to become independent reed makers and students with reed making experience will become experts. McGill oboe professor Dr. Jacqueline Leclair and her student counselor Dana Boyd will guide you through the process, culminating in a presentation for parents on the final day.

The Reed Making Workshop will also feature a presentation by Dr. Leclair about the history of the oboe and reed making, a class on how to select, maintain and adjust oboes, and master classes and optional free private lessons with Dr. Leclair.

Workshop Schedule

All classes will take place in A832, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building (527 Sherbrooke St. West). Dr. Leclair's oboe studio is in C-406, Strathcona Music Building, next door.

July 3, 2016

  • 1:00pm-2:30pm: Register at school in room E-206. Students staying in the dormitories check in after registering.
  • 2:45pm: Everyone meets in room E-206
  • 3:00-4:45pm: Class #1: Review of gouging and shaping, preparing to tie a blank. Notebooks will be distributed to all students. Dr. Leclair will make a reed from start to finish.
  • 5:00pm: Supper break
  • 6:45-8:00pm: Class #2: Tying a blank

July 4, 2016

  • 10:00-11:30am: Class #3: Review of tying a blank, scraping technique
  • 11:45am: Lunch break
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Class #4: Scraping the blank, starting to scrape the tip
  • 3:00-5:30pm: Free time - optional tour of the School and the University 
  • 5:30pm: Supper break
  • 6:45-8:00pm: Optional master class and/or private lessons with Dr. Leclair TBA

July 5, 2016

  • 10:00-11:30am: Class #5: Making the tip, clipping the reed
  • 11:45am: Lunch break
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Presentation by Dr. Leclair on oboe selection, repair, and maintenance
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Presentation by Dana about the history of the oboe
  • 3:00-5:30pm: Free time
  • 5:30pm: Supper break
  • 6:45-8:00pm: Optional master class and/or private lessons with Dr. Leclair TBA

July 6, 2016

  • 10:00-11:30am: Class #6: Making the tip, clipping the reed
  • 11:45am: Lunch break
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Class #7: finishing the reed
  • 3:00pm: Joel Verkaik BAROQUE OBOE Presentation!
  • 4:30pm: Free time and supper break
  • 6:45-8:00pm: Optional master class and/or private lessons with Dr. Leclair TBA

July 7, 2016

  • 10-11:30am: Class #8: review and put finishing touches on reeds
  • 11:45am; Lunch break
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Final presentation for friends and family for all who wish to attend. We will display the reeds we have made during the Workshop.

Workshop Fee and Housing Options

  • All reed making tools and supplies
  • Reed making notebook 
  • Eight two-hour reed making classes
  • Classes on the history of the oboe and reeds as well as oboe repair, maintenance and adjustment
  • Optional master classes
  • Free optional lessons with Dr. Leclair

Housing will be provided at either the "Citadelle" Dormitory  (410 Sherbrooke St. West, cross-street Hutchinson) or at  Royal Victoria College dormitory (3425 University Street). Although the workshop runs for 4 days, we offer a 5 night housing package for participants who would like to arrive a day early and explore Montreal.

Accommodations & Payment
RVC La Citadelle   No Dorm

4 Nights Single

5 Nights Single 4 Nights Single 4 Nights Double 5 Nights Single 5 Nights Double  
COURSE: $360.00 COURSE: $360.00 COURSE: $360.00 COURSE: $360.00 COURSE: $360.00 COURSE: $360.00 COURSE: $360.00
DORM: $200.00 DORM: $250.00 DORM: $420.00 DORM: $225.00 DORM: $525.00 DORM: $285.00 DORM: $0.00
Subtotal: $560.00 Subtotal:$610.00 Subtotal:$780.00 Subtotal:$585.00 Subtotal:$885.00 Subtotal:$645.00 Subtotal:$360.00
GST: $10.00 GST: $12.50 GST: $21.00 GST: $11.25 GST: $26.25 GST: $14.25 GST: $0.00
QST: $19.95 QST: $24.94 QST: $41.90 QST: $22.44 QST: $52.37 QST: $28.43 QST: $0.00
TOTAL: $589.95 TOTAL: $647.44 TOTAL: $842.90 TOTAL: $618.69 TOTAL: $963.62 TOTAL: $687.68 TOTAL: $360.00

Registration

Please fill out the online registration form.  Once completed, you will receive an email with your registration details.  In order to confirm your registration, please print the email and return it along with your cheque or money order (payable to McGill University) to:

Dr. Jacqueline Leclair

Schulich School of Music, McGill University

555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Montreal QC

H3a 1E3 Canada

 

Questions or Inquiries: nuoboe [at] gmail [dot] com (Dr. Jacqueline Leclair)

Monday, August 8, 2016 (All day) to Friday, August 12, 2016 (All day) 2016 McGill Summer Jazz Workshop

Are you a pre-university instrumentalist, 25 years old or younger, looking to improve your jazz  skills? Are you looking to meet and play jazz with other musicians? Join us this summer for the McGill 2016 Summer Jazz Workshop!

Date: AUGUST 8-12, 2016

Location: Schulich School of Music of McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, QC

Instructors:

  • Frank Lozano, Saxophone
  • Fraser Hollins, Bass
  • Carlos Jimenez, Guitar

By signing up for the week- long jazz workshop, students can learn about and develop skills, playing experience and insight into the materials and methods  essential to a program such as McGill’s .The focus will be on the Small Group Jazz Combo (4to 6 players per combo), the most direct vehicle for learning about improvisation, repertoire and most importantly, interaction among the participants.

A ratio of 1 teacher to 6 students provides a stimulating and focused environment where students get personal one-on-one training from professional musicians. Morning master classes present essential basics about jazz materials, improvisation, jazz history, etc which serve to complement the combo sessions they have throughout the day.

A daily teacher/student jam session gives the students a chance to gain real playing experience by applying their newly acquired skills, thus strengthening their confidence.

As well, Associate Professor and Jazz Area Chair Remi Bolduc will present a Performance Audition Requirements master class, where he will explain and de-mystify the audition process , providing helpful and  detailed advice to prospective undergraduate applicants.

New this year, François Bourassa will be our special guest clinician; students will  benefit from his extensive experience as a virtuoso improvisor and teacher.

Workshop Fee ($399) includes:

  • All daily Masterclasses
  • Jam sessions
  • Combo coaching
  • Special Masterclass by Prof. Remi Bolduc: "How to prepare for jazz performance auditions"
  • Special guest clinician, François Bourassa, piano

Registration

To apply, fill out the online form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

If your application is accepted, you must pay a $150 deposit by June 6, 2016.

Questions or Inquiries: Email Carmelia Lee at jazzworkshop [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend this camp?

Typically, a pre-university student 25 years old or younger, secondary 5 or CEGEP or equivalent, who is currently involved in playing jazz in ensembles like big bands, jazz combos, or the equivalent.

What musical level are participants expected to be at? 

Musicians attending the camp should be familiar and have some experience with the basics of jazz improvisation such as soloing using the chord symbols on a lead sheet, functional playing on your instrument (melody for horns, comping for guitar and piano, walking bass line for bass, keeping time with the ride cymbal for the drums, etc.), and of course, some knowledge of the jazz tradition (American Songbook Standards). You should have some experience playing on Bb blues, and tunes like Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Blue Bossa, etc.
This is not a camp for complete beginners.

Which instruments are accepted to the camp?

Rhythm section instruments such as piano, guitar, bass (acoustic or electric), drum kit, as well as saxophones, trumpet, trombone, flute, and clarinet are accepted. We are not, at this time, accepting vocalists in the combos, however, we are examining the possibility of running a separate camp, at a later date, that will focus on the tradition of vocal-led combos.

What is the goal of the camp?

To broaden and expand the students’ knowledge and playing experience via the small group jazz combo (4 to 6 players per combo), the most direct vehicle for learning about improvisation, repertoire and – most importantly – interaction among the participants. As well, Associate Professor and Jazz Area Chair Remi Bolduc will present a Performance Audition Requirements master class, where he will explain and de-mystify the audition process, providing helpful and detailed advice to prospective undergraduate applicants.

What is the daily schedule like?

Here is a sample schedule:

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Masterclass on jazz materials, improvisation, or ear training/listening, etc.
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Combo session
  • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Jam session
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Combo session

On the last day, Friday August 8, a small informal concert will be held at the Schulich School of Music (location to be determined) where the students can share the music they have been working on with their families and friends.​

Can I use the practice rooms at McGill University?

Yes. Four combo rooms and several practice rooms are available to you during building hours from 7:00 am-10:30 pm. Those interested should bring a $30.00 cash deposit for a magnetic swipe key; all deposits will be refunded on Friday upon remittance of key.

How much does the camp cost? How and where can I pay?

Registration, payment and payment deadline information is on this web page.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Symphony Orchestra Strathcona Music Building

Alexis Hauser, Artistic Director

Anna Peletsis, piano, winner of the 2016 McGill Concerto Competition

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
  • Aram Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-flat Major, Op. 38
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Symphony Orchestra Strathcona Music Building

Alexis Hauser, Artistic Director

Anna Peletsis, piano, Winner of the 2016 McGill Concerto Competition

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
  • Aram Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-flat Major, Op. 38
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Wind Orchestra Strathcona Music Building

Alain Cazes, artistic director

Melissa Biroun, student conductor

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
  • David Rafferty (composer in residence): Premiere
  • Fisher Tull: A Passing Fantasy
  • and other works

Concert presented as part of the Journées de la culture

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert: The Keening Muse of Russia Strathcona Music Building

The Keening Muse of Russia: The Music of Shostakovich and Poetry of the Russian Silver Age

Dominique Labelle, soprano

Axel Strauss, violin

Yegor Dyachkov, cello

Ilya Poletaev, piano

with Anna Berman, narration

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in E minor for violin, cello and piano, Op. 67
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Seven Poems of Alexander Blok, Op. 127

Concert presented as part of the Journées de la culture

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert: McGill Jazz Choir Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Theo Bleckmann, jazz voice (Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist)

John Hollenbeck, drums

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert: Robert McDonald, piano Strathcona Music Building

Robert McDonald, piano (Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist)

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré and Carl Nielsen

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Jazz Orchestra II Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Ron Di Lauro, Director

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble Strathcona Music Building

Guillaume Bourgogne, Artistic Director

Cuerda / Pneuma

Julie Michael, viola; Michael Ibrahim, saxophone; Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp

  • Hilda Paredes: Demente Cuerda, for harp and ensemble
  • Alex Mincek: Pneuma, for saxophone and ensemble
  • Orem Boneh: New Work, for viola and ensemble.
  • Daniel Ribeiro*: (un)bound(un)broken**

*Composer in Residence

**Premiere

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert Strathcona Music Building

French and Austrian Song: 1906-1910, Endings and Beginnings

Dominique Labelle, soprano 

Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano

Sara Laimon, piano

  • Gabriel Fauré: La chanson d'Ève, Op. 95
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, Op. 15 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert Strathcona Music Building

French and Austrian Song: 1906-1910, Endings and Beginnings

Dominique Labelle, soprano 

Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano

Sara Laimon, piano

  • Gabriel Fauré: La chanson d'Ève, Op. 95
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, Op. 15 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert Strathcona Music Building

French and Austrian Song: 1906-1910, Endings and Beginnings

Dominique Labelle, soprano 

Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano

Sara Laimon, piano

  • Gabriel Fauré: La chanson d'Ève, Op. 95
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, Op. 15 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Jazz Orchestra I Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Joe Sullivan, director

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert: French and Austrian Song: 1906-1910, Endings and Beginnings Strathcona Music Building

French and Austrian Song: 1906-1910, Endings and Beginnings

Dominique Labelle, soprano 

Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano

Sara Laimon, piano

  • Gabriel Fauré: La chanson d'Ève, Op. 95
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, Op. 15 

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