Baldwin Wallace Double Reed Day

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Baldwin Wallace Double Reed Day

Date: 11/12/2023
Time: 9:30 AM

Boesel Musical Arts Center
49 Seminary Street, Room 170


The Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music is pleased to present the first BW Double Reed Day organized by Prof. Johanna Cox Pennington.

This event is for high school and college oboe and bassoon students. Double reed enthusiasts, teachers, professionals and music directors are all welcome, registration required.

This year’s guest artists, Pedro Diaz (English horn with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and George Sakakeeny (Bassoon Professor at the Eastman School of Music), are renowned for their artistry and teaching expertise. BW Conservatory faculty Johanna Cox Pennington and Thomas English will join them for a day of master classes that will culminate in a Grand Finale concert including all guest artists, faculty and Double Reed participants.

The registration fee includes lunch, a Double Reed Day T-shirt, as well as access to all master classes, exhibits, and performances.

Schedule of Events:
9:00 a.m. Registration opens

9:30 a.m. Oboe and Bassoon Master classes
Johanna Cox Pennington Oboe Master Class, High School Students
• Thomas English Bassoon Master Class, High School Students
• Pedro Diaz Oboe Master Class, College Students
• George Sakakeeny Bassoon Master Class, College Students

10:30 a.m. Oboe and Bassoon Reed Making Classes
Pedro Diaz Oboe, College Oboe Students
• Johanna Cox Pennington, High School Oboe Students
• George Sakakeeny, College Oboe Students
• Thomas English, High School Bassoon Students

11:30 a.m. Lunch and Exhibits

1:00 p.m. Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory College Student Master Classes
All Oboes
• All Bassoons

2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Double Reed Ensemble Rehearsal, all participants

Concert is free and open to the public, no registration or ticket required.

Early Participant Registration – ends Oct. 30
$30 (plus $2.50 ticketing fee)
The registration fee includes lunch, a Double Reed Day T-shirt, as well as access to all master classes, exhibits, and performances.

Late Participant Registration – begins Oct. 31
$40 (plus $2.50 ticketing fee)
The registration fee includes lunch, as well as access to all master classes, exhibits, and performances. *T-shirt is subject to availability after Oct. 31.

Observer: $10 (plus $2.50 ticketing fee)
For observers, guests, and parents of participants who would like to attend the classes and join us for lunch. (The final concert is free and open to the public.)

Vendor: $25 (plus $2.50 ticketing fee)
Vendors are invited to sell merchandise, equipment and instruments in our exhibits room. Please contact the hosts for information. Vendor tickets include lunch and a t-shirt.

Thank you to our event sponsors and vendors

Pedro Diaz joined The Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and has performed as solo english hornist in hundreds of productions. As a sought after teacher, Mr Díaz has lectured extensively at the top music conservatories such as The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The Eastman School of Music,The Hartt Music School and Duquesne University. His international appearances include masterclasses in Panama, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Leipzig, Berlin, and Italy.

A native of Puerto Rico, he received his early musical training in the “Escuela Libre de Musica”, an esteemed public school for the performing arts. He has performed as a guest artist with The Chicago Symphony, Dallas, Pittsburgh and The New York Philharmonic, among others. On a recent research trip to Italy, Mr. Diaz was able to track down the original solo and orchestral parts for the Donizetti Concertino for English horn (1816), at the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna. For the first time in two hundred years, these materials have been published in a critical edition by Theodor Presser, along with a new album release performance by Pedro Diaz, featuring Riccardo Frizza and musicians of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His playing has been hailed by critics as evocative, eloquent and expressive and is considered one of the pre-eminent players of his generation.

Mr. Diaz has performed the opera, Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, sixteen times in three different productions under the batons of James Levine, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.

George Sakakeeny is professor of bassoon at the Eastman School of Music, professor emeritus at the Oberlin Conservatory, and an artist faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In the past he has held the principal bassoon positions of numerous music festivals, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Opera Company of Boston, Promusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and CityMusic Cleveland. More recently he has been serving as acting principal bassoon of the Annapolis Symphony and guest principal with the Atlanta Symphony. Three major works for bassoon and orchestra have been composed for him: Libby Larsen’s full moon in the city (2013,) Peter Schickele’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (1998,) and Alexander Blechinger’s Fagottkonzert (1997.)

Professor Sakakeeny has taught guest master classes at the Paris Conservatory, Rice University, Tokyo University of Fine Arts, the Juilliard School, and held longer term residencies at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Central Conservatory, Seoul National University, and the Conservatoire National Supèrieur de Musique et Danse of Lyon, France. For 7 years he served as guest bassoon professor for Venezuela’s El Sistema.

Sakakeeny’s numerous recordings include Blechinger’s Fagottkonzert, the Villa-Lobos Duo with oboist Alex Klein, and his recording of four modern works for bassoon and orchestra “full moon in the city.” He is the author of the iBook Making Reeds Start to Finish with George Sakakeeny. Find out more at his Website: