Woodwind Doubler Census 2021 results, part 5 (final): self-identification

Thanks to all who participated in my 2021 woodwind doubling survey, and to those who helped spread the word. I’ve released the results in installments, so be sure to check out the rest.

I got 284 responses, an improvement over 2011’s 187. The numbers for each of these questions don’t necessarily add up to exactly that number, since not everybody responded to every question.

In the final section of the survey, I gave respondents the option to identify and tell me a little about themselves, including their names, locations, affiliations, websites, and other comments. I’m not sharing personally-identifiable information here, but I’ll respond in a general way to each question.

What is your name?

Almost 180 of you identified yourselves by name. It was lots of fun to scroll through see musicians I know and have worked with, who I have connected with online, and even some of my heroes and role models. And it was also very cool to see lots of names I didn’t know (yet). If you’re out there and would like to connect, I hope you will feel free to reach out.

Where do you live?

I’m sharing these sorted alphabetically and lightly edited.

Ada, OK
Ada, Oklahoma
Archer City, Texas
around Boston
Around Raleigh, North Carolina
Asheville, NC
Ashland, KY
Auburn, ME
Austin TX
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD area
Bangkok, Thailand
Berlin, CT
Birmingham, England (studying)
Bolivar, MO
Cambridge, UK
Centra Michigan
Charlotte, NC
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Chicago Suburbs
Chicago suburbs
Cleveland OH
Coburg, OR (but still gig in San Jose, CA, my previous residence)
Comerío, Puerto Rico.
Conroe, TX (40 miles north of downtown Houston)
Coopersburg, PA
Covington, LA
Currently in Tampere, Finland; usually SoCal/ SF Bay Area
Dallas – Fort Worth Area
Dallas, Texas
Dallas, TX
Dallas/Fort Worth region
Darien, IL
DC area
Durant, Oklahoma / Las Vegas, Nevada
East Bay of SF Bay Area
East Lansing, MI
Eastern Mass
Eastern North Carolina
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Eugene, Oregon
Fargo ND
Fargo, ND
Finger Lakes region of New York
Fort Worth, Texas
Fresno, Ca.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro, North Carolina
Hamels, Braughing, Hertfordshire, England
Hampton Roas, VA
Harrisburg, PA
Hong Kong
Honolulu, Hawaii
Houston TX
Houston, TX
Iowa USA
Jersey City
Kanagawa, Japan* (originally from Maine)
Kansas City metro area
Lancaster area PA
Lancaster, CA
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Liverpool, NY
London and Cape Town
Long Beach, CA USA
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Los Angeles/Orange County, CA
Madeira Beach, FL
Manhattan and Connecticut
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Memphis, TN
Memphis,TN USA
Metro Atlanta
Miami, FL
Miami, Florida
Middleton Massachusetts
Midwest U.S.
Milwaukee WI
Minneapolis, MN
Montgomery, AL
Myrtle Beach, SC
Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN
Near Eugene Oregon
New England, USA
New England, USA
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey, US
New Orleans
New York
New York City
New York City
New York City
New York City Metro area
New York, Montreal, and Florida
New York, NY
North Kingstown, RI
North Texas
Northeast Ohio/Western PA
Northeast Tennessee
Northeast U.S.
Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania
Northern California
NY area
Ocean Reef, Perth, Western Australia
Oklahoma City
Orlando, Florida
Oxford, UK
Perth, Western Australia
Pickering, ON Canada
Piedmont Triad Area of North Carolina
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Preston, UK
Queensland, Australia
Reno, NV
San Antonio
San Antonio TX
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco
San Fransisco Bay Area
San Jose
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
San W
Saskatchewan, Canada
Scenic Martin, TN
Seattle, WA
SF Bay Area
SF Bay Area
SF Bay Area
SF Bay Area
SF South Bay Area
SF South Bay Area
SLC Utah
South Eastern Wisconsin, USA
southern Virginia
Springfield, MO
St Andrews
St Paul/Minneapolis
St. Louis area
St. Louis, MO
State College PA
Sussex, Wi
Tampa Florida
Teaneck, NJ
Toronto CA -> Greensboro,NC
Toronto, Canada
Troy, AL
Trumansburg, NY
Urbana, IL (& Springfield, IL)
Va Bch, VA.
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Washington, DC metropolitan area
Wellington, New Zealand
Will be moving to Denton, Texas
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada

What is your main gig, performing group, teaching institution, etc.?

I have edited a number of these (the asterisks are mine) in cases where, based on my best judgment, I felt strangers might be able to identify you through web searches.

*** Big Band
*** College/*** Community College/*** College/private studio/*** Festival Orchestra/*** Philharmonic
*** County Schools, Freelance musician
*** Ensemble, Broadway shows, recordings, *** College of Performing Arts
*** Episcopal School
*** High School (band director)
*** Jazz Band
*** London West End
*** Middle School (Teacher)
*** Musician
*** Quartet, Goodspeed Musicals, Playhouse on Park, etc.
*** Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Principal Bassoon/ Contrabassoon and much of the Saxophone work), teach at the University of ***, lots of studio recording sessions.
*** Symphony Orchestra, Bassoon
*** University graduate teaching assistant
*** Videogame Symphony
*** Winds, Ballet *** Orchestra
***Winds, ***, ***
2nd Alto Sax, US Navy Band *** Jazz Ensemble
6-12 band director
A school big band
Air Force, formerly with a regional band, but now assigned a non-music job
Alabama State University
Band Director – High School
Band instrument repair
Bar gigs w/ a combo
Before the pandemic I was regularly doing musical theatre work 3/4s of the year and also was doing a fair bit of big band playing as well. The big band and various offshoots of it play pre 1940s swing music and some smaller “Dixie” stuff so there’s a lot for me to do on clarinet. I also teach privately at a school system and a music store and was leading an after school ensemble and doing sectional work with the other bands at the school system. Those ended up being fairly evenly split, and then I would pick up various odd work at studio sessions or local bar gigs
Big band jazz
Broadway and Lincoln Center
Broadway pits
Certified bad*** (jk, picking up jobs when I can/doing musicals)
Church and Various community bands
Church Music Director
Church of ***, Music Director and keyboardist
Coastal Carolina University
Community band/ musicals
Community bands
Community Bands – 4 of them.
community orchestra
Community theater
Community wind ensemble
Cruise ship musician (saxes, flute, piccolo, clarinet)
Currently all virtual – mostly with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves at ***.
Currently RSO/VVGO/various guest player roles at Chinese orchestras in Singapore
Currently teaching orchestra.
DMA student at the University of ***
Elementary Music Teacher
Everywhere 😂
Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
Free-lance musician
Freelance musician around the west end and London
Freelance teaching and performing
Freelance woodwind specialist, director of local volunteer big band (Ensemble Swing Time), Singer
Freelancer / university adjunct
Going to the *** College of Music and Drama for Oboe Performance (with a touch of Woodwind doubling) this september
High School
High School Teacher
Home based teacher
I am a high school student at *** High School
I attend Brandon University
I play the flute family for the *** Symphony Orchestra
I primarily teach private students.
I work at *** full-time during the days, and sub regularly on Broadway on nights and weekends (under normal circumstances)
I’m in high school so this doesn’t apply
Instrument repair
Instrument Repair at ***
Jazz Big Band
Just freelance
Local high school and regional theater
Local theatre groups
Mainly in undergrad jazz band and concert band
Mars Hill University
Mid-*** Symphony, *** Jazz Band
Middle school music teacher, play in local symphony and a collegiate wind orchestra
Military Band
Military musician and private teacher
Missouri State University
Music bachelors student
Music education undergrad
Music teacher/Teaching artist
Musical instrument repair/orchestral oboe.
Musical theater, church
My band, The ***
My online business as a content creator and educator
National or international tours.
No main gig during The pandemic.
No main gig.
None, teach at *** College, produce concerts at ***, run the *** Saxophone Quartet,
North Carolina State University
Nowadays it’s mostly University ensembles in Cambridge
pit orchestra
playing in musical orchestras/ bands
Playing in musical theater pits
Playing on Broadway
Playing: Civic Theater and the *** Jazz Orchestra. Clarinet teacher for local school district.
Private instructor, various big bands, west coast style combo and various pits when they come up
private lessons at *** Music
Private lessons teaching
Private Studio
Private Studio
Private teacher & reed maker out of my home
Private teaching studio
Private woodwind teacher & freelance musician
Prof. of Music, The University of ***
Professional and community theatre pits. Too many to list.
Professional orchestra librarian
Professor at *** University
Professor at NDSU
Put work
Recent college graduate, premed, member of *** (funk group), and jazz musician/woodwind instrumentalist
Regional big band & GB
Regional Broadway caliber theater productions and local hire for national tours.
Regional theater, private lessons
Rockland County Concert Band
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (studying)
Sam Houston state
Saxophone with ***
School band
Schriener University
senior in college, about to student teach
simpson college
Six Flags
Small School Band Director
Software Engineer
solo jazz performer
Southwest *** Community College
Stockton CA
Student right now
Substitute teacher specializing in music
Teach at ***. Play gigs w/my jazz combo.
Teacher (Elementary)
Teaching and free lancing.
Teaching and instrument repair
Teaching at a school(still a uni student)
Teaching Bassoon Lessons
Teaching middle school band
teaching private lessons
Teaching the reed studio at *** University.
Teaching: *** Music (lesson studio and music store) | Playing: *** (amusement park) Dixieland Band
The *** Quartet (baritone chair), freelancer/soloist, Orchestra of ***
Theater Musician
There are several
Touring Musician (Broadway shows)
UNC Charlotte
Univ. of ***, *** Technical College
University adjunct professor, Broadway touring shows (local hire) and local theater company.
University as a student
University New Music Ensemble
University of *** *** Society (the musical theatre society)
University of Nevada, Reno
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Oregon
University of Texas at San Antonio/private lessons (self employed)
University Professor an conductor
University student with some private teaching and freelancing
US Army Musician
US Navy Pacific Fleet Band
VVGO, RSO, UFB – virtual ensembles.
WAAPA – Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Will be attending UNT
Youngstown State University

What is your website address?

Lots of you shared websites. In cases where I could locate a relevant and reasonably-fresh RSS feed, I’ve added them to my feed reader, which also puts them on my public blogroll.

Any other comments you would like to share?

Some of you took this opportunity to share some general thoughts about woodwind doubling, to expand upon your biographical details or musical experiences, or to offer critique/commentary on the survey itself. Many of you were also kind enough to express appreciation for the survey, my blog, and other resources on my website. It was deeply gratifying and also super weird to hear from a few of you that you drew inspiration from my website as kids and are now working musicians, graduate students, etc. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to say hello or share a few thoughts.

In conclusion, thanks once again to all for your participation, readership, and friendship. It was great to hear from so many of you, and I hope to do it again in 2031.


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