Double Reed Festival

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Double Reed Festival logo.

The Wright State University Double Reed Festival is an event that brings together double reed players from throughout Southwestern and Central Ohio. The conference is a full day of new ideas and exchanges of knowledge geared towards the needs and interests of high school students, private studio teachers, and amateur double reed players. The day will include:

  • Classes covering concepts of performing, reed adjustment, the English horn and contrabassoon, and literature with separate offerings for students and adults.
  • The WSU Double Reed Festival is for high school and college students, amateur and professional players, and private studio teachers
  • Cost of the event is $35 This covers all masterclasses, recitals, and events of the day.
  • Everyone should bring an instrument and participate in the clinics and workshops.
  • All festival events will take place on the campus of Wright State University at the Creative Arts Center.

All participants under the age of 18 must submit a Medical Form (PDF)

Cost of the event is $35 This covers:

  • Registration fee
  • All masterclasses, recitals and events
  • Festival t-shirt

NOTE: in order to receive a T-shirt, you must register by November 17, 2014.

Workshop Presenters

Akropolis Reed Quintet

akropolis.jpgDescribed as playing with “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet is a cutting edge ensemble that performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. Akropolis’ dynamic concerts feature modern compositions framed by invigorating arrangements of classical music spanning four centuries. Founded in 2009 and winner of the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal, Akropolis took Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions consecutively in 2011, and in 2012 they were Runner-up at the Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition, Silver Medalist at the Fischoff Competition, and Bronze Medalist at the International Chamber Music Competition held at the New England Conservatory. Championing the next generation of maverick musicians, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.

Bill Jobert

Bill JobertBill Jobert is the bassoon instructor at Wright State University.  He and Dan Duncan will team up for a performance masterclass on OMEA solos. Bill Jobert's Homepage

Katherine L. deGruchy

Kathy deGruchyKathy deGruchy is the oboe instructor at Wright State University and will be presenting beginning and advanced masterclasses entitled "Bubbles and Barret." In this master class Katherine deGruchy will discuss concepts of how the use of a musician's airstream can help shape musical phrases. Katherine deGruchy's Homepage

Timothy Gocklin

Timothy GocklinKnown for his sensitive, colorful and engaging performances, Timothy Gocklin shares his passion for music through his deep love for the oboe. Tim’s relationship with the oboe began at age 11, the day after attending a military band concert featuring the oboe when his mother expressed how much she loved the instrument. Since then, he has gone on to perform with some of the world’s leading artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and Richard Stolzman.

Outisde of Akropolis, Tim performs chamber music in a wide variety of settings. This past spring, Tim was invited to perform Hindemith's Die Serenaden as part of the Yale in New York series at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. He has also participated in the Sarasota and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals. As a fellow of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this past summer, Tim had the privilege of working with Carol Wincenc and William Purvis in a performance of Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Emile Bernard’s Divertissement. In addition, Tim spent the summer of 2012 as a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a quintet-in-residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp performing around the state of Michigan.

In addition to Tim’s active career as a chamber musician, he has also been fortunate to have opportunities performing as a soloist. In 2009, Tim was announced winner of the inaugural U.S. President’s Own “Marine Band” Concerto Competition, and as a result performed Haydn’s Oboe Concerto with the ensemble at the MTNA national conference in Milwaukee, WI. A few months earlier Tim was invited to perform Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor as a guest soloist with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra.

Tim can be heard on the NAXOS and Block M record labels and has participated in other recording projects, including two albums with the University of Michigan Symphony Band in 2010 and 2012, the second of which featured new works for wind ensemble under the direction of Michael Haithcock. These works were taken on a tour to China where the band performed 9 concerts in 6 cities, including at Beijing's National Centre for the Arts and Shanghai’s Grand Theatre. In 2011, he recorded the three piano concerti of Alberto Ginastera with pianist Barbara Nissman and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2012, Tim received his Bachelors degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan where he spent four fulfilling years studying with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King whose recording of the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto inspired him while learning the piece in 8th grade. Currently, he is at Yale University pursuing his Master of Music degree with Stephen Taylor. When not playing the oboe or widdling away at his reeds, Tim can be found relaxing in a coffee shop with a journal and pencil on one side and a hot, robust cup of coffee on the other.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan ReynoldsRyan Reynolds chose the bassoon in 5th grade under the impression that it produced only one note and would therefore be the easiest instrument to play. His disappointment upon discovering three and a half octaves of notes quickly turned to fascination and intrigue, with the "gorgonzola of the orchestra" providing daily mysteries and rewards.

Ryan has performed with the Traverse and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras, as well as Vivo Sinfonietta, the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Ann Arbor, and many other regional orchestras around the state of Michigan. Ryan toured the upper peninsula of Michigan with the Sonrisa Wind Quintet as an artist-in-residence for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and in 2012 was a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a wind quintet built entirely of Interlochen alumni. Ryan frequently performs and premieres new chamber works featuring the bassoon.

Ryan is also an active educator, teaching a studio of young bassoonists from throughout southern Michigan. Ryan has taught numerous beginning bassoon camps, masterclasses, and clinics at schools around Michigan, and given talks on how to create careers as a bassoonist.

Ryan has been featured on National Public Radio's "From the Top", Interlochen Public Radio, and can be seen in numerous videos in the University of Michigan Bassoon Studio YouTube series.

Ryan attended the Interlochen Arts Academy from 2004-08 where he studied with Dr. Eric Stomberg, after which he replaced his 'Interlochen blues' with Michigan's, attending the University of Michigan from 2008-2013 while studying with Dr. Jeffrey Lyman.

In his spare time Ryan can be found buried in the stories and poetry of Jim Harrison, watching movies, or engaging total strangers in intense discussion about how "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is the greatest show ever aired on television.

Susan Nelson

nelson.jpgSusan Nelson is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Ohio, and enjoys an active career as a performer, teacher, and clinician.  Dr. Nelson is an advocate for new music as well as chamber music for the bassoon, and was recently appointed the director of the non-profit organization Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition (BCMCC).  She has also taught bassoon and theory at Stephen F. Austin State University and played with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet in Nacogdoches, Texas. In the summer Dr. Nelson teaches at the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and BGSU’s Double Reed Camp. She has performed with the annual Classical Music Festival in Austria, as well as the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and the Helena Symphony.  Dr. Nelson taught at both Adrian and Heidelberg Colleges and was a member of the Heidelberg faculty wind quintet.  She also held the position of principal bassoon in the Great Falls Symphony and was a member of the Chinook Winds quintet in Great Falls, Montana.  Dr. Nelson has received the top award at the Midwest Double Reed Society Young Artists Competition, was a finalist in the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition, a finalist in the Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto competition, and won third place in the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts competition.  She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Michigan.  Her primary teachers include Jeffrey Lyman, Carl Rath, and Alan Hawkins.

Carlos Coelho

Carlos CoelhoCarlos Coelho is an oboe repair specialist and owner of Carlos Coelho Woodwinds. Born in Brazil, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at Temple University. His masterclass will be on selecting the right instrument. Coelho Woodwinds will have a booth in the vendor hall so oboists can purchase supplies and speak to Carlos throughout the day.

Recitals and Performances

  • Akropolis Reed Quintet
  • Burning River Trio
  • WSU Bassoon Ensemble


Vendors will be on site with instruments to try, and music and supplies to purchase.

Are you a vendor and would like to have a display? Fill out the Vendor Application form (PDF).



Registration in Commons of Creative Arts Center         


Student Bassoons

Registration in Commons of Creative Arts Center 


College & Adult Bassoons

Registration in Commons of Creative Arts Center