Double Double Workshop
December 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021
9:00 am – 4:30 pm | $15
Scholarships available on request
Calling all double reed and double bass players: CYSO’s Double Double Workshop is back! Students ages 10-18 are invited to this day-long event dedicated to the oboe, bassoon, and bass. Attend sessions with some of the most respected professional musicians from across Chicagoland, enter the orchestral excerpt competition for a chance to win great prizes, meet other young double reed and bass players from across the area, and more!
Dr. Jennifer Auerbach | CEO of Bocal Majority Double Reeds
Sally Bohls | professional musician and private studio teacher
Sidney A. King | Professor of Double Bass and Music Education, University of Louisville School of Music
Sam Shuhan | Assistant Principal Bass, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Katherine Young Steele | Principal Oboe, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Adjunct Professor of Oboe, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Double Double Workshop COVID Protocols: Masks are required of all visitors to the Fine Arts Building and while in CYSO spaces. Vaccinated winds players may remove their mask when playing and all winds players must use bell covers. All staff and clinicians will be fully vaccinated. To register, students must submit a vaccination card or agree to provide a negative test prior to the event.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS!
Sponsor list coming soon
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DOUBLE DOUBLE WORKSHOP?
The Workshop is a day of classes and activities for oboe, bassoon, and bass students hosted by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Students will have the opportunity to interact with world-renowned professional musicians and to come together to celebrate these unique instruments.
WHO CAN ATTEND DOUBLE DOUBLE?
We welcome oboe, bassoon, and double bass students age 10-18 of all playing levels, beginning through advanced.
WHERE DOES DOUBLE DOUBLE TAKE PLACE?
The workshop will take place in the Fine Arts Building at 410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, 60605. Upon arrival, take the elevator up to the 8th floor where you will find our welcome table.
WHAT IS THE COST FOR DOUBLE DOUBLE AND HOW DO I PAY?
The cost to attend the workshop is $15. Payment is collected at the bottom of the registration form via credit card payment. Group discounts are available. If you have any questions or issues paying online please contact Madalyne at email@example.com.
WHAT IS A “MASTERCLASS”?
A masterclass is kind of like a lesson in front of an audience. During the class, 3-4 students will play for a teacher who will give them guidance and suggestions on how to improve their performance.
WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A MASTERCLASS?
Please bring a short solo piece or etude. It should be well-prepared to almost performance level. If you have questions, please bring those too! A masterclass is a great time to discuss any questions you may have with the group.
I DON’T WANT TO PLAY IN A MASTERCLASS. CAN I JUST OBSERVE?
Absolutely! It’s important to have an audience at each masterclass. You’ll learn a lot just by observing, and the audience is welcome to participate by asking questions too.
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PLAY FOR A MASTERCLASS?
You will indicate your interest to play in a class on the registration form. If you forgot, but wish you play in a class, please e-mail Madalyne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I’M ASSIGNED TO PLAY IN A MASTERCLASS?
Students will be notified by Tuesday, December 10.
WHAT IS THE ORCHESTRAL EXCERPT COMPETITION?
The competition is an opportunity for interested intermediate and advanced students. Each student will play 3 orchestral excerpts for our panel of judges. The audition is behind a screen to be kept anonymous. From the audition, students will be chosen to perform their excerpts again in the afternoon orchestral excerpt masterclass. Winners will receive prizes donated from double reed and double bass companies around the country. The competition is a great opportunity to improve your auditioning skills in a friendly environment.
HOW DO I GET THE EXCERPTS FOR THE COMPETITION?
The excerpts will be emailed to students after your registration has been received. PDFs can be downloaded at the link at the top of the page.
ARE PARENTS INVITED TO OBSERVE DOUBLE DOUBLE?
There is a limited amount of space in many of the rooms, but parents are welcome to observe if there is extra space. Parents are encouraged to arrive at 4:00 for the awards ceremony and performance of the Anvil Chorus. Please note that since all rooms are in use for Double Double, the usual parent lounge will not be available.
IS LUNCH PROVIDED?
No, lunch is not provided. You can bring a bag lunch, or during the lunch hour you may leave the Fine Arts Building to grab a bite at one of the many options nearby.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO LEAVE EARLY OR ARRIVE LATE FOR THE WORKSHOP?
We hope you can stay for the entire day! If you have a conflict, then yes, you may come for a portion of the day. Please make sure to notify us in advance, by emailing Madalyne email@example.com.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE DOUBLE DOUBLE WORKSHOP?
Make sure to bring your instrument, even if you are not signed up to play for a masterclass. You’ll also want to bring your music if you are performing in a class or competing in the excerpt competition. For the lunch break, please either bring a bag lunch or money to purchase a lunch at a nearby restaurant.
WHAT IS THE PLAY ALONG?
At the very end of the day, we will put together a large ensemble of everyone at the Workshop. This year we’ll be playing the Anvil Chorus from Il Travatore. Please download the part for your instrument that best matches your skill level and practice it before the Workshop. Listening to a recording of the Anvil Chorus will also help you to prepare and feel confident with the piece. We need people playing all of the parts, so please learn the part that you’re most comfortable playing. Download parts at the link at the top of the page.
I JUST STARTED PLAYING MY INSTRUMENT THIS YEAR AND I’M NOT VERY CONFIDENT YET. AM I INVITED?
I’M A PROFESSIONAL. AM I INVITED TO THE WORKSHOP?
Professionals are welcome to observe the Workshop, but please allow all participation to come from the students only. Please also be mindful that there is a limited amount of space in many of the rooms, so it’s very helpful when professionals and parents keep to the back. Adults do not need to register online.
HOW CAN I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE TICKET OFFER FOR THE CSO CONCERT AFTER DOUBLE DOUBLE?
There is a check box on the Registration Form where you can indicate if you would like to take advantage of the offer. This is limited to 1 ticket per participant and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once all tickets have been claimed, this will be removed from the registration form.