Lectures and Master Classes

I very much enjoy giving lectures, lecture-recitals, and master classes on a variety of topics related to 18th-century music performance. Format for these presentations is flexible, and can be tailored to meet the needs of students involved.

Possible topics for discussion might include:

  • Baroque, classical and romantic oboe technique and reed-making
  • Bach and other Baroque performance style for modern instrumentalists
  • Strategies and concepts of Baroque ornamentation, articulation, and scansion
  • The relevance of classical rhetoric to 17th and 18th-century music, and the ingredients of a "rhetorical" performance
  • A rhetorical analysis of "Ich folge dir gleichfalls" from Bach's Johannespassion
  • Tuning and temperament theory and practice
  • And of course coaching of soloists and ensembles

Past classes have been presented by, among others, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Longy School of Music, Boston Early Music Festival, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Bard College Conservatory of Music, Yale University, Cornell University, The Juilliard School, Queens College, New York University, Mannes College of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, Indiana University, University of North Texas, University of Houston, San Francisco Conservatory, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Wake Forest College, Cleveland Institute of Music, Case-Western Reserve University, Tafelmusik (Toronto), Royal College of Music (London), Barbirolli Oboe Festival and Competition (Isle of Man), International Double Reed Society, Clarion-Collegium Week (NYC), Reed Lizard (NYC), and the Nakamichi Early Music Festival.

To discuss a possible future class, please contact me