Instruction

Whether you are starting an instrument for the first time, preparing for college auditions or simply taking up oboe for fun, my goal is that you leave each lesson feeling confident about your progress. The Confident Oboist Studio is not your typical lesson experience; students have access to unique performance opportunities, special guests and immersive musical knowledge.

I have held a private studio for over fifteen years and have considerable experience running sectionals, coaching chamber groups, presenting master classes, giving instrument demonstrations and designing outreach programs for orchestras, schools and universities in South Africa, Poland and throughout the United States. I earned my Doctorate in 2016 and hold degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland. 

All lessons take place in my home studio in Cheverly, MD, located just outside D.C.  and easily accessible via metro. No previous experience or musical knowledge is required. My students range in age from grade schoolers through adults and I provide many lesson style options for the busy family.

Welcome to the "Confident Oboist" Studio!

Oboe - a great choice for students of all ages! 

Private Lessons

One-on-one instruction for all ages and ability levels.

Learn the fundamentals of oboe technique, breathing and general musicianship skills. Other areas covered can include music theory/history, reed making, orchestral excerpts, audition and recital preparation and extended-techniques. 

Group Lessons

Classes between 2-4 students.

Perfect for young students or siblings, group lessons provide a relaxed 
and engaging environment for beginner and intermediate students to learn. 

Skype Lessons

Learn to play oboe anywhere!

 

Skip the commute and study oboe from any location. This option is best for those who have played at least 1-2 years or can substitute as another option for those taking lessons in person. 

Ensemble Coaching, Outreach & Instrument Demonstrations

Coachings: Typical coachings include chamber groups and wind sectionals and range from a single session to a long-term commitment.

Outreach: Community engagement tailored speciically for your school, organization or audience on a variety of topics. 

Instrument Demonstrations: Introduce your students and audience to the oboe! Demos can be as short as a few minutes to a full presentation and can include English horn and baroque oboe.

Master Classes & Presentations

Master Classes: topics can include oboe repertoire, contemporary music, extended-techniques, chamber music, orchestral excerpts and audition preparation.

Presentations: topics can include extended-range oboe (Loboe Project), entrepreneurship in music and the history of the oboe concerto.

Chamber Music Residency and Outreach

Hire District5 [Wind Quintet]

School Presentations: District5 presents school programs specifically tailored to your school's needs and curriculum as well as an introduction to the instruments of a quintet.

Coachings: District5 works with wind ensembles through sectionals and full ensembes on rehearsal and practice strategies, performance practice and rhythm studies.

Residencies: District5 designs immersive performance and coaching residencies for schools and organizations. District5 served as Ensemble-In-Residence for the University of Maryland's High School Music Academy where they presented interactive workshops on innovative programming and rehearsal techniques, coached chamber groups, gave private lessons and presented a faculty recital. 

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