Posts for November 2011

November 22, 2011

Farewell: Himie Voxman

Influential music educator and longtime University of Iowa faculty member Himie Voxman has passed away at the age of 99. If you are a woodwind player, you have almost certainly used, at some point in your musical studies, something written or edited by Professor Voxman. Check out the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s tribute for a nice overview ...

November 22, 2011

The woodwind doubler as orchestral utility player

Photo, Scott Schram I got an interesting email recently. I’ve edited it heavily and fictionalized almost all the details, since I’m using it here without permission, but you’ll get the idea: Dear Bret, I found your web page through a Google search. My company is presenting a themed cruise for classical music lovers departing from Seattle ...

November 16, 2011

Doubling fees under fire in Denver

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, like so many others, is facing a financial crisis that threatens its ability to continue making music. An opinion piece in Sunday’s Denver Post criticizes the Denver Musicians’ Association (AFM Local 20-623) for its unwillingness to budge on certain elements of its agreement with the orchestra. The issues here are complex, and I ...

November 8, 2011

Free music: five Arno Bornkamp saxophone albums

Check it out: Dutch classical saxophone virtuoso Arno Bornkamp has made five of his albums available for free download from his website. There’s a real wealth of repertoire here, and beautifully played. Did I mention free?

November 7, 2011

Woodwinds smashed

From the kooks over at, the wanton destruction of a bassoon… …and a clarinet.

November 1, 2011

Still more woodwind blogs you should be reading

In what is turning out to be an approximately biannual roundup, I present the third installment of woodwind-related blogs that I’m enjoying, and you will too. If you’re late to the party, check out episodes 1 and 2. (In each case I picked at least one excellent blog that shortly thereafter stopped publishing new content, ...
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