Oboe Major: Arts Academy Boarding High School

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student oboists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Oboe students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The oboe major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

This course focuses on the fundamental basic techniques of the instrument, development of expression and musicality, solo and ensemble performance skills and knowledge of genres and styles of music.  Oboe students are expected to practice a minimum of two hours a day; another hour a day should be spent on developing reedmaking skills.  Progress within the student’s potential is demonstrated in private lessons, studio class performances, and the semester jury.  Student and instructor work towards specific short term and long term goals including recitals, college auditions, and career choices.

Text/materials needed:

Barret:  Method for Oboe
Ferling:  48 Famous Studies
Sellner:  Method, Vol. 2 (Articulation Studies)
Rothwell:  Difficult Passages for Oboe and English horn – Vols. 1, 2, 3
Rothwell:  Difficult Passages from the Works of Bach
Andraud:  Vade-Mecum of the Oboist
Ferrillo:  Orchestral Excerpts for Oboe

Solo works of Handel, Marcello, Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Marcello, Cimarosa, Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Saint-Saens, Hindemith, Strauss, Martinu, Vaughan Williams, Poulenc   (as assigned across four years of study).

Weber and Capps:  The Reed Maker’s Manual
Schuring:  Oboe – Art and Method

Important note:  An oboe student must own a high quality instrument in a good state of repair.  A student considering the purchase of a new instrument should consult with the Academy instructor before buying a new oboe.  Studio classes and reedmaking sessions are important parts of the oboe curriculum.  Students are expected to purchase proper reedmaking tools and to maintain an adequate supply of cane and tubes.  Before purchasing these supplies, consult the Academy oboe instructor.