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How to Start Strong and Sound Great on the Oboe

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  • While the oboe can seem like a mysterious puzzle, Bosma will discuss simple changes and ideas to reduce the chances of an oboe section torpedoing your ensemble. With topics ranging from easy reed fixes, spotting a good (or bad) reed, and forming a solid embouchure, attendees will leave with a plan for improving their oboist's playing.
  • Melissa Bosma (melissa.bosma@okstate.edu)
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  • Melissa Bosma is Lecturer of Oboe at Oklahoma State University where she also serves as the Director of the OSU Summer Music Camp. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Ms. Bosma served as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Heidelberg University, where she performed with the faculty woodwind quintet, regularly performed at the New Music Festival, and commissioned new solo works for oboe and piano. Ms. Bosma taught extensively in Michigan through her studio and master classes at many local middle and high schools. Ms. Bosma also founded Ducks in a Row: Reedmaking Camps, a series of weeklong summer reedmaking intensives for students throughout Michigan. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Ms. Bosma is an active orchestral musician who held the positions of Second Oboe with the Michigan Philharmonic, English Horn with the Dearborn Symphony, and Principal Oboe of Arbor Opera Theatre. She frequently performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and many other ensembles in the tri-state area. In Oklahoma, Ms. Bosma frequently performs with the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Also an accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Bosma attended the Sarasota Music Festival and was a Fellow at Music Academy of the West where she was a featured soloist under the baton of Grammy-nominated conductor Nicholas McGegan. Melissa Bosma graduated with Master of Music degrees in both Oboe Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Southern Methodist University. Her primary teachers include Erin Hannigan and Nancy Ambrose King.
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