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  • Oboe Reed Boot Camp


    Oboe Reed Boot Camp is an intensive 10 hour day camp experience that takes place in South Bend, IN, on the lovely campus of St Mary’s College. The EXTROBOE Experience is an enhancement to Boot Camp – adding masterclasses, chamber music, and oboe crafts to fill your weekend out with oboe education and fun.  Reedmakers and oboists at all levels are WELCOME! 

    2020 Dates:
    Sadly, 2020 Reed Boot Camp is canceled due to COVID-19. Reach out to me to discuss online reed support!

    Note: Advancing and Beginning categories address your REEDMAKING skills only. You could be an Advanced player but a Beginning reedmaker, in other words.   Beginners will start with learning to wind, basic knife skills, and reed construction steps. They will move more slowly.  Advancing Reedmakers will begin by making reeds, and will evolve and improve their existing skills over the weekend as they work with me, my Guest Master Reedmaker, and each other.

  • Zero to Reedmaker


    Zero To Reedmaker is an online course which helps oboists to easily make playable American Scrape reeds.  I’ll DEMYSTIFY the process and help you through each step with a combination of rewatchable video content, a supportive Facebook group, and weekly live group calls in which we can talk about YOUR specific problems.  At the end of this session, you will be able to make a playing reed from shaped cane in under 30 minutes – perhaps well under – and adjust it to your comfort. 

    This six-week course begins with emailed video lessons on January 30, 2021.  90-minute live classes will be held on Tuesdays, and recorded for rewatching. 

    Registration closes January 24.


    Basic course $529 – includes 3 dozen pieces of consistent, high-quality shaped cane and 15 staples, a $165 value.

    VIP level $799 – includes two 1X1 sessions with me during the course – topic of your choice –  and one full month of Reed Club membership at the conclusion of ZtR, to support your reedmaking journey. 

    Optional: Add-on a full Reed Maker’s kit – knife, plaque, block, mandrel, ruler, sharpening stone, and thread, with additional cane and tubes – for just 109 – a $142 value!

  • Reed Club


    Social Reedmaking!

    Reed Club is our answer to Social Distancing.  We meet four times per month, online, in a live Zoom video room, so you can work socially – and safely – on your reeds with a group.  You can show me your reed, crow it, turn your camera so I can watch your scraping technique.  I can lecture, or demonstrate, or we can hold Reed Hot Seats – whatever you need – and we can do it all with company but from the comfort of our own homes.   It’s the next best thing to actual human contact!

    This is a RECURRING monthly membership – you can cancel at any time by simply emailing me or using the button on this page.

  • Virtual Oboe or Reed Coaching Session


    I can help you to work through a specific issue with your playing or reeds, prepare for an audition or performance, or just tighten up your approach to the instrument.  Email me – we can create a plan and a package to meet your needs!

  • Warm Up Your Warmup


    Inspiring group warmup sessions!  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 am EST,  live on Zoom. We will go through some Long Tone Meditations, some scale work, and some sightreading, ALL safe and socially distanced, all with modifications built in for the level that you are at.  All are welcome.

    Next session:
    November 2-13, 2020

    This session has already started, so I’ve adjusted the price down to compensate.  You can still join for the remaining sessions!

    Monday 11/2 Connection
    Wednesday 11/4 Foundation
    Friday 11/6 Weightless
    Monday 11/9 Density
    Wednesday 9/11 Vibrancy
    Friday 9/13 gratitude