Double Reed Day – February 26, 2022

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Our UCA double reed studio is honored and excited to be hosting UCA Double Reed Day on February 26, 2022! Professors Lorraine Duso Kitts and Kelly Hancock from the University of Central Arkansas will be sharing their many years of experience and expertise with our Arkansan students and music educators. There will be a featured recital, a workshop on instrument care, masterclasses, reed making workshops, and ensemble performance opportunities. Certified instrument repairman, George Anderson, from Independent Music will have reeds and supplies for sale. Join us for a day of Double Reed fun! Please click here to register. Registration is $25 (includes a t-shirt and lunch), and can be paid at the door or through the mail. You can view the schedule of events below and also read more about our featured guests. Please contact Dr. Duso Kitts ( or Dr. Hancock ( for any questions that you might have.

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:00 Pre-registration breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 Registration

9:45 – 10:00 Warmup for Double Reed Ensemble

11:00 – 12:30 Morning classes will include (subjects may change)

Workshop on beginning double reeds for students and band directors

Lecture on All-State Success

Preparing for Auditions

9th Graders preparing for Senior Oboe All-Regions 2022-2023

Careers in Music

College Masterclasses

12:30 – 1:15 Break for Lunch (food and sodas provided)

1:30 – 2:00 Guest Artist Recital featuring Lorraine Duso Kitts and Kelly Hancock and members of the Double Reed Club.

2:15 – 4:30 Afternoon Classes will include (subjects may change)

Beginner’s reed making for oboists

Advanced reed making for oboists

Bassoon Reed Making

Oboe and Bassoon Maintenance: George Anderson from Independent Music Repair Service

College Masterclasses

4:50 – 6:00 Double Reed Ensemble Dress Rehearsal (Recital Hall)

5:45 Double Reed Ensemble Performance (Recital Hall)

6:30 Clinic Ends


Featured Guest Artists

Oboist, Dr. Lorraine Duso Kitts plays Principal Oboe with the Conway Symphony Orchestra as well as Second Oboe with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She is a music professor at the University of Central Arkansas teaching double reeds and adjunct double reed instructor at Hendrix College and Harding University. After her studies and performing in groups all over the world, in 2000 she moved to Conway to teach at UCA. She has also performed in orchestras outside of the State of Arkansas such as the Knoxville Symphony, TN, Orquesta Filarm6nica de Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Estado de Mexico. As a soloist Dr. Duso Kitts has performed at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, River Rhapsodie Chamber Music Series, and she was a soloist with other ensembles, such as the Pine Bluff Symphony (AR), Fuzhou Philharmonic Orchestra in Fuzhou, China, and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. Lorraine takes pride in her collaborations with her oboe and English horn colleagues from the Arkansas Symphony, Leanna Booze Renfro and Beth Wheeler, where they have performed as the DDG (Duck, Duck, Goose) Double Reed Trio. Dr. Duso Kitts spends her summers in Sidney, Maine teaching oboe at the New England Music Camp, a six-week summer program for junior high and senior high school students. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Indiana University, her Master of Music degree in English horn and Oboe Performance from Manhattan School of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Jerry Sirucek, Joseph Robinson, Tom Stacy and Harry Sargous. If she is not playing her oboe or bassoon, Dr. Kitts is out sailing on Lake Maumelle with her husband of nine years, Thomas Kitts. Visit her website at for more information.

Bassoonist, Dr. Kelly Hancock is Principal Bassoon with Conway Symphony Orchestra as well as teaching at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to this appointment, she was the instructor of bassoon at Oklahoma State University and a member of the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus, stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. In this engagement she performed extensively throughout Europe as a member of the band, as a featured soloist, and as a member of the woodwind quintet. Dr. Hancock has also performed with the Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Pops, Miami Symphony, South Florida Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and was second bassoonist of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra and Opera in the Ozarks. An active and passionate chamber musician, Dr. Hancock was a founding member and bassoonist of the Heidelberg Arts Ensemble, a professional chamber group featuring artistic programming consisting of varied instrumentation. Comprised of musicians from the United States and Germany, this ensemble served the broader purpose of fostering a sense of community between the diverse cultures living in the state of Baden-Wilrttemberg. Dr. Hancock’s commitment to music education has been a constant throughout her career. During her time in Europe, she was actively involved in outreach programs as a member of the Army, and also served as a double reed coach for the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria. Dr. Hancock holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace University. Her principal teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, Jonathan Sherwin, and Mark Popkin.