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Oboe & Bassoon Camp


Oboe & Bassoon Camp


2017 Oboe and Bassoon Camp
Intensive with Dr. Susan Laib!

Campers participate in several intensive days of oboe and bassoon study from Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017 to Thursday evening, Oboe-Bassoon Camp
June 29, 2017.
Core topics include: tone production, breath support, warm-ups, practice techniques, phrasing, vibrato, and reed-making and adjustment. The camp culminates in a demonstration performance for parents, family and friends on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

The camp is open to junior high school and high school age oboe and bassoon players. All students will participate in chamber groups, Double Reed Ensemble, and receive individual and 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 Dr. Laib will be happy to offer advice on what and where supplies might be purchased by an interested student. However, campers should come equipped with enough reeds to survive the intensive 4 1/2 days of practice and rehearsals. It is suggested that younger, less experienced students, especially those not yet entered into 7th grade, consider attending the Mansfield University Youth Music Camp, where they will also get to study with Dr. Laib.

Placement Auditions will be held during check-in on Sunday, June 25, 2017. 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.

Camp Staff:

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.

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

Susan Laib

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. An active performer, Dr. Laib holds the position of principal oboe in both the Williamsport (PA) Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (Corning/Elmira. NY). In frequent demand as a free-lance oboist and double reed clinician, she has performed for numerous organizations throughout Pennsylvania and New York and presented master classes in New Jersey as well as the Twin Tiers.

The Mansfield Wind Trio performed at the 2007 convention of the International Double Reed Society at Ithaca College, and Dr. Laib was an invited soloist at the 1988 IDRS convention at the University of Victoria in 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.

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


Oboe & Bassoon Camp

Dates: June 25 (afternoon check-in and audition) -
June 29, 2017 (final concert at 4:00 pm)

Ages: 13 - 18

Residential Fee: $315
(includes instruction, all meals, & lodging)

Commuter Fee: $265
(includes instruction, lunch, & dinner)

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

Balance of Payment Due: 
June 18, 2017

Check-in:
Sunday, June 25, 2017

2:00-4:00 pm: Check-in and Placement Auditions (in residence hall)

4:00-5:00 pm: Group activity

5:00-6:00 pm: Dinner in Manser Dining Hall

6:30 pm: Orientation and Introductions

7:00-9:00 pm: First class in music building

Typical Daily Schedule

Camp Performance:
Thursday, June 29, 2017 final concert at 4:00 pm

Required Form: Please bring the following completed forms with you to registration:

Consent Form
Camp Disciplinary Form
Off-Campus Permission Slip