Oboe Reed Boot Camp


UPDATE: As of April 10, we are FULL for 2023!  Please check back in 2024 for our next event!

Oboe Reed Boot Camp is an intensive weekend 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! 

2023 Dates:
August 11-13, 2023 – EXTROBOE 9:30-12:30, ORBC 2-6

PLEASE NOTE. This is a LIVE, IN PERSON experience. We will be taking COVID protocols and social distancing into account, but we will be indoors and this experience is group based and we will be playing oboes together.

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.

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  • Are you the reedmaker you want to be?
  • Are you a reedmaker at all?
  • Do you spend more time scraping and cursing than making beautiful music?
  • Do you spend a small fortune on reeds that MIGHT work for you when and if they arrive?

When you make your own oboe reeds, your goal is to have control over the sound you make and the ease with which you produce it. My goal at Oboe Reed Boot Camp is to give you the skills to QUICKLY construct a reed, assess its potential, and finish it to your own specifications.

If you would like to take more control over your reed life, develop your skills, be able to quickly assess whether a reed will work or not, tweak it to your satisfaction, and MOVE ON to the more fulfilling things in your life…

You may be ready for OBOE REED BOOT CAMP!

Spend a weekend this summer with expert reed-maker Jennet Ingle and a special guest Master Reedmaker in this super-interactive day camp. You will learn and review fundamentals, participate in winding and scraping drills, play games and compete, and make more reeds than you ever thought you could.  Reed Boot Camp will meet from 2-6 on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 on Sunday.

ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED – so you can ruin as many pieces of cane as you have to to LEARN.

ALSO THIS YEAR: EXTROBOE!  I’ve been finding over the past few years that our enrollees come from all over the country for the reed making, and they learn a ton and grow close, but they crave EVEN MORE CONNECTION.  Because so many people requested extra lessons in past years, and because there seems to be a desire for more social oboe-ing, we have added an expanded, enhanced experience – Oboe EXTROBOE!  We’ll host this each morning, and it will include an ice-breaking improvisation and warmup session, and crafts  (Make your own Reed Case! Dye your own Thread!)

We’ll break up into trios and duos to select and rehearse oboe chamber music.

As a part of EXTROBOE, we will hold Lesson Classes – each participant will have at least one opportunity to play for us, and you will be a fly on the wall watching us work with your colleagues. There will be value in EVERY SESSION, both in direct attention to YOUR issues and in ideas you can glean from other people’s problems and solutions.  EXTROBOE is an OPTIONAL add-on to Oboe Reed Boot Camp, and enrollment is limited.  Think about registering NOW!

ORBC Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t find your answer here?  Email me at jennetinglereeds@gmail.com

How will I not catch COVID during ORBC?

Believe me when I say that I do NOT intend to host a superspreader event. Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enroll this year. We will spread out well in the big room, and we will enforce leaving the room from time to time to allow for air exchanges. We’ll have alcohol at each station to sterilize reeds in case of any sharing. Masks and bell covers may be required at times. And if rising case numbers mean that this event needs to be canceled, I will create an optional online option or refund you in full. Nothing in life can be 100% safe but I take safety seriously.

I’m coming from out of town – where should I stay?

I don’t have specific deals to offer, but let me suggest that Northern Indiana is a lovely place to be. South Bend has a beautiful riverfront path, and a Saturday morning Farmer’s Market to die for, and neighboring Mishawaka has all of the shopping that there is to have. We are just a few miles south of Niles MI, and once you get up into Southern Michigan you could even look at St. Joseph, a beach town on Lake Michigan only 45 minutes from here. Breweries, wineries, orchards…

I generally use Priceline or Hotels.com and just search for the best deals.  Note that the Inn at St Marys and the Hilton Garden Inn South Bend are both RIGHT ON CAMPUS and walking distance to our Boot Camp building.

What do I need to bring?

I will supply all of the cane, staples, thread, and incidental supplies that may be needed. I’ll also have sharpening stones, pencils, handouts, and even some spare knives and mandrels to experiment with. You will want to bring your own knife, plaque, mandrel, cutting block, and mm ruler.  The links on my Resources page don’t lead to required items, but they are the tools that I recommend and use myself. 
I will have tools available for purchase onsite as well.
For your future reed-making, you will need thread and a sharpening stone, but NOT for this camp!

My schedule has changed! Can I drop out?

If you should find it necessary to withdraw from this excellent learning experience, I will be sad. But I will return your payment in full if you withdraw before July 11, or if we need to cancel the experience altogether.  After that time, I can refund only half your ORBC tuition.

Can I take a private lesson with you, too?

Not this year – I love oboists, and I would love to hear you play, but our added EXTROBOE program will not allow any spare time for private sessions.  Contact me at any other time of the year for in-person or online packages, or join us in the small group EXTROBOE experience!

Can’t I just learn to make reeds by coming to your weekly Reed Club? Or in my regular lessons?

Yes, of course. But here’s my thought.

Reed-making is a skill unrelated to playing the oboe, but you’ve got to have good reeds to play. Good reeds cost money, or they take time. Most of the learning curve is about gaining experience, and knowing what to do once your reed is close to being great. There’s no real shortcut. You just have to make a whole bunch of reeds.

Boot camp will make you make a whole bunch of reeds.

Working on your own can be …undermotivating. Working on reeds as part of your lessons can take time away from the artistry of playing.

In other words, boot camp is a faster way to the goal of having more control over your own reeds.

I want to make English horn reeds, not oboe reeds. Do you teach that?

Absolutely! Just warn me ahead so I can be prepared with lots of EH cane. Or specific oboe shapes. Or d’amore cane. I can do anything.  But not Baroque oboe reeds.  There I draw the line.

What would I PLAY for your EXTROBOE lesson class?

Literally anything you want. Something you are comfortable with – a solo you’ve been working on, an etude that you already know and love, or something that you are struggling with.  No matter what the material is, Erica and I will identify something to talk about, to suggest, to improve, and to take away with you.  We are both experienced educators who work with ALL levels, and love ALL oboists. 

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