Double Reed Day

Double Reed Day

Saturday, October 9, 2021 . 1PM EDT
Photo by Geoff Sheil

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Join University of Maryland double reed faculty Mark Hill (oboe) and Joseph Grimmer (bassoon) for the School of Music’s annual Double Reed Day, held in hybrid format for the first time this year on Saturday, October 9, 2021. You can register to attend in-person or virtually via the Zoom platform. In-person guests will be asked to provide evidence of full vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event. All participants will be masked for the entire event.

This event is an opportunity for double reed players to experience what being a student at the UMD School of Music is like! The day will include recital performances, oboe and bassoon masterclasses and a Q&A discussion with faculty and guest artists. The afternoon will also include an All-State audition workshop for State of Maryland residents.
We will cap off the day with a presentation from our music admissions team for all students, parents and teachers interested in learning more about study at UMD.
This year’s event will feature distinguished guest artists Emily Tsai, oboist with WindSync and Patagonia Winds, and William Short, principal bassoonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

We are looking forward to meeting you at this free event! Registration is required. If you are interested in participating in either of the masterclasses as an in-person participant, please be sure to indicate your interest in the registration form.


10-10:30 a.m. – Check-in
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Maryland All-State Audition Rep Masterclass led by faculty
11:30-12:30 – Careers in Music Panel discussion 
12:30-1:30 – Lunch and vendors
1:30-2:30 – Recital featuring faculty and guests
2:30-4:30 – Masterclass led by guest artists
4:30-5:30 – Music admissions presentation
If you are able, we encourage you to take a dinner break and return for Impressions of... a concert presented by the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra at 8:00 p.m. Digital tickets to watch the livestream are also available. Additional reservations required.


 Mark Hill holding his oboe.

Mark Hill is professor of oboe at the UMD School of Music and principal oboe of the National Philharmonic. He has performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, Orpheus, the Baltimore Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has worked with such groups as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Guarneri Quartet, the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Sylvan Winds, the Mendelssohn Quartet and contemporary music groups such as Speculum Musicae and New York’s Music Today Ensemble. He has been a performer and faculty member of the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont for the past 23 years, and has released two solo albums on Albany Records, “Alchemy” and “Sad Steps,” both to critical acclaim.

 Joseph Grimmer holding his bassoon.

Joseph Grimmer is principal bassoon of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra and teaches at the UMD School of Music. He also holds the principal bassoon position of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and was recently appointed principal bassoon of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He previously served as principal bassoon with the Jacksonville Symphony, was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, acting assistant principal bassoon with the Naples Philharmonic and spent six summers as assistant principal bassoon with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Grimmer has performed as guest principal bassoon with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, IRIS Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra and many of the regional orchestras in the Washington, D.C., area. He is a faculty member of the Miami Music Festival, previously taught at the Shenandoah Conservatory and has given masterclasses in Spain, Sweden, Canada and throughout the USA.