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School of Music hosts ‘Double Reed Day’ on Jan. 14

December 28, 2011 By Richard Mumford

Each year, something a little out of the ordinary happens at the School of Music to launch the new year when oboists and bassoonists from miles around gather to enjoy an afternoon and evening devoted to the practice and performance of their instruments.

This year’s “Double Reed Day” takes place on Saturday, Jan. 14 at UW–Madison.

Under the leadership of Marc Fink, professor of oboe, and Marc Vallon, associate professor of bassoon, Double Reed Day welcomes students of all levels to hear and play music, learn about technique and make new friends.

This year, distinguished guest artist Richard Killmer of the Eastman School of Music will join Fink and Vallon performing on the opening recital and teaching master classes. Throughout the day, pre-college students may sit at adjacent music stands with undergraduates and graduates and have the opportunity to learn about life at the School of Music in an informal setting.

Midwest Musical Imports, a corporate partner, will be on hand with instruments and related merchandise. Following a dinner break for pizza, the day concludes with a festival concert for all participants in Mills Concert Hall, open to the public without charge.

The complete schedule and registration details may be found on a flyer available from the School of Music’s home page. The registration fee is $20 including dinner and may be paid in advance or at the door beginning at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St. For further information, contact Marc Vallon at or 608-263-1915.