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Double Double Workshop

December 18, 2021 @ 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!

Oboe clinician and student
Orchestral excerpt competition participants
Students led by Maestro Tinkham in play-along
Oboe student with clinician giving peace sign
Bass students working with clinician
A student learning to make oboe reeds
Oboe students learning to make reeds
Bassoonists
Bass student and clinician
Bass player and clinician on stage
Orchestral excerpt competition participants with Maestro Tinkham

2021 CLINICIANS

Erica Anderson | Oboe, Chicago Philharmonic, Quintet Attacca; Faculty, Music Institute of Chicago, Carthage College

Dr. Jennifer Auerbach | CEO of Bocal Majority Double Reeds

Sally Bohls | Professional musician and private studio teacher

Katie Broyles | Bassoon instructor

John Dee | Bill A. Nugent Endowed Professor of Performance & Professor of Oboe, University of Illinois; CYSO alum (‘73-76)

Alison Gaines, DMA | Assistant Professor of Orchestra and Bass, University of Nebraska; Principal, Rockford Symphony; Member,  Illinois Philharmonic

Sidney A. King | Professor of Double Bass and Music Education, University of Louisville School of Music

Miles Maner | Bassoon & Contrabassoon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Faculty, DePaul University

Dennis Michel | Bassoonist, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Artist Teacher of Bassoon and Head of Woodwind Chamber Music, The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

Samuel Shuhan | Assistant Principal Bass, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Mark Sonksen | Owner, Sonksen Strings

Allen Tinkham | CYSO Music Director, Play-Along conductor

Katherine Young Steele | Principal Oboe, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; 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. Please note that parents and other visitors will not be allowed in CYSO spaces to observe during Double Double, but may remain in public spaces in the Fine Arts Building if they wish.

SCHEDULE

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.

Want to help us spread the word about Double Double Workshop? Download the event flyer here!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS!

Forrests Double Reed logo
Oboe Chicago logo
Bocal Majority logo
Fox Products logo
Charles Double Reed Company logo

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.

Please note that due to COVID mitigations, this year’s workshop will be restricted to student participants and clinicians only. Visitors are not allowed in the workshop rooms, but are welcome to be in the communal Fine Arts Building spaces

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 mmaxwell@cyso.org.

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! Double Double participants are welcome to observe masterclasses. 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 mmaxwell@cyso.org.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I’M ASSIGNED TO PLAY IN A MASTERCLASS?

Students will be notified by December 14.

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?

Unfortunately due to COVID mitigations, this year’s workshop will be restricted to student participants and clinicians only. Parents will not be allowed in the workshop rooms, but are welcome to be in the communal Fine Arts Building spaces

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 mmaxwell@cyso.org.

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 Entry of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik. Please download the part for your instrument that best matches your skill level and practice it before the Workshop. Listening to a recording 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. 

THE PLAY ALONG PIECE IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR ME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Do your best! Try to choose the part that best matches your skill level, but if it still feels too hard after practicing it, feel free to leave out a few notes or make some adaptations. Ask a teacher to suggest some ways to adapt the part or give you some helpful practice strategies.

I JUST STARTED PLAYING MY INSTRUMENT THIS YEAR AND I’M NOT VERY CONFIDENT YET. AM I INVITED?

Yes! Absolutely.

I’M A PROFESSIONAL. AM I INVITED TO THE WORKSHOP?

Unfortunately due to COVID mitigations, this year’s workshop will be restricted to student participants and clinicians only.


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Fine Arts Building

410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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