By Kevin Shannahan
Northwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts hosted Double Reed Day Sunday, Jan. 20. The event, now in its 8th year, is a fun filled opportunity for Oboists and Bassoonists to learn new skills and develop their musical abilities. Eighteen musicians from Louisiana and Texas learned from CAPA Faculty members and guest clinician Dr. David Wells, a renowned oboist and professor at Sacramento State University in California. The students were mainly high school musicians, but were also joined by a few junior high music students and some adult musicians from the community. The day’s name comes from the unique double reed used by the oboe and bassoon featuring two reeds back to back as opposed to the single reed found in other instruments.
Ms. Leah Forsyth, Instructor of Oboe, taught the students how to make their own reeds, a practical skill that comes in handy for anyone who plays a reed instrument. Dr. Doug Bakenhus, Director of Orchestral Studies at NSU, and Dr. David Wells taught master classes in bassoon and oboe. The event culminated with a concert by the students and then by the faculty and Dr. Wells.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the faculty members and NSU music majors who put on Double Reed Day. Events such as this assist music educators throughout our region in bringing quality instruction to the students in their programs. We are looking forward to seeing some of the day’s young musicians at NSU’s CAPA in the near future.