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December, 16, 2021
02:45 PM - 03:45 PM


W 185


Jennifer Auerbach

Jennifer Auerbach
Sally Bohls

Sally Bohls

Teaching Bassoon & Oboe Reed Adjusting Virtually: A Guide for Music Educators

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic is about survival with bassoon and oboe reeds. Normally students obtain reeds from their teacher or elsewhere, and the teacher adjusts the reed for the student. The pandemic has made this challenging. Issues of safety, proximity, and practicality necessitate students developing reed adjusting skills remotely. We will teach you how to analyze a reed, how to figure out the problems and how to solve them. Directors and students can develop reed independence – knowledge is power!

Jennifer Auerbach - Biographical Information

Jennifer Auerbach is the CEO and founder of the Bocal Majority organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Chicago Musical College and master’s and doctoral degrees in music theory from the University of North Texas. She has taught private bassoon lessons in the Dallas metroplex since 1998 to students in grades 6 through 12 and takes great pride in helping them get to the next level of their playing. She has given numerous clinics at the Texas Music Educators’ Convention, the International Double Reed Society on the topic of bassoon and double-reed pedagogy. Along with her partner, Sally Bohls, she has co-authored a beginner double-reed classroom method book. Her goal is to provide high level information in a positive and uplifting teaching environment.

Sally Bohls - Biographical Information

Sally Bohls is a professional performer/contractor, studio musician, and private teacher in the Dallas Metroplex. Sally is actively sought after as a guest soloist, clinician, and adjudicator. She has articles published in national and international magazines. She has been playing oboe since 1967 and started teaching oboe in 1978. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. She has studied oboe with Stephen Lickman and Eric Barr of the Dallas Symphony and been a participant in master classes and seminars given by John Mack and Ray Still. Sally has played auditions and made the finals for the Boston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She plays with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, Dallas Summer Musicals, and has recorded CD¹s with the Turtle Creek Chorale. She has a private studio of young oboists grades 6 thru 12 and has taught at the university level. Her students are extraordinarily successful at all levels and in all types of competitions. Sally tries to instill a profound sense of self-worth and joy of playing in all of her students. Her husband, Jon, is a professional musician/trombone teacher. Sally has three sons, David, Jason, and Mark who are successful musicians themselves. She currently resides in Carrollton, Texas.