Double Reed Day – April 14, 2018

Our double reed studio will be hosting the eighteenth annual University of Central Arkansas Double Reed Day on April 14th. The day will future guest artists bassoonist Darrel Hale from Louisiana State University and oboist Dan Ross from the Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. There will be a featured artist recital, workshop on instrument care, masterclasses with the guest artists, reed making workshops, mock auditions, and ensemble performance opportunities offered. They will have certified instrument repairman George Anderson from Independent Music on campus for instrument repairs as well. Please join us for a day of Double Reed fun! Please click here to register. Registration is $15 (includes a t-shirt and lunch). You can view the schedule of events below and also read more about our featured guests. Contact Dr. Duso Kitts or Double Reed Club President Megan Linton (at with any questions or concerns.

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 10:15 Featured Guest Artist Recital

10:20 – 11:20 Oboe and Bassoon masterclasses

11:30 – 12:00 Small Group Rehearsal

12:00 – 1:00 Break for Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 Mock Auditions and Instrument Petting Zoo

2:00 – 3:00 Reed Making Workshops

3:05 – 3:50 Maintenance Presentation with George Anderson

4:00 – 4:30 Group rehearsal

4:30 – 5:00 Double Reed Ensemble concert


Featured Guest Artists

A native of Denver, Colorado, Darrel Hale recently joined the Louisiana State University faculty as the Assistant Professor of Bassoon. Mr. Hale received a bachelors degree in bassoon performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied with Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa. He continued his training at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH where he studied extensively with William Winstead and Martin James.

An active orchestral performer, Mr. Hale has served as the principal bassoon of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and most recently as the Acting Principal Bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players. As a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Hale performed as part of the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra under Maestro David Zinman. For several years, he also played alongside his teacher and mentor, Per Hannevold, in the Aspen Festival Orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, Darrel Hale performs with the Timm Woodwind Quintet, and is a founding member of the Conundrum Reed Trio.

Dr. Dan Ross is Professor of Oboe at Arkansas State University, a position he has held since 1968.  He is Principal Oboist with the North Mississippi Symphony, and the Delta Symphony.  He served for 24 years as Principal Oboe with the Arkansas Symphony and has performed with the North Arkansas Symphony, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony and St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis Chamber Orchestras.  He is a frequent soloist with the Forum Sinfonia of Krakow, Poland on their tours of the United States and Europe and holds the title of Visiting Professor of Oboe at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland and has been a soloist with the St. Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonic orchestras in Russia. He is the inventor and developer of the Ross gouging machine.

Carlos Coehlo from Indianapolis will be joining us this year as he displays his exhibit of Lorée oboes. Carlos has become one of few people in the world chosen to be an Authorized Lorée Dealer. Carlos gets all of his new Lorée instruments directly from the Lorée factory in France, and is proud to sell and service this legendary manufacturer.

Saied Music Company will be joining us from North Little Rock. Saied Music has been offering the most respected brands and the best selection of rand names for your double reed needs since 1964.