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 UNCSA Clarinet Job
Author: BbReeds 
Date:   2010-10-17 21:21

The University of NC School of the Arts has an opening for the Clarinet Instructor position. It isn't listed on their website yet, but talk is going around on who they may invite to audition/apply. The opening is for next year. Just passing along.

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 Re: UNCSA Clarinet Job
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2010-10-17 21:34

Wasn't there a recent opening? So the person who got it then didn't work out?

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 Re: UNCSA Clarinet Job
Author: BbReeds 
Date:   2010-10-17 21:40

The person before was a wonderful player but was offered a better job somewhere else. They have an interim right now.

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 Re: UNCSA Clarinet Job
Author: concertmaster3 
Date:   2010-10-17 23:08

Robert Listokin is currently teaching there. He was assisted by a graduate student, but because of some issues, she had to back down. Alex Fiterstein was teaching last year, but left to go to Minnesota (?) I think.

Ron Ford
Woodwind Specialist

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 Re: UNCSA Clarinet Job
Author: clarinetwife 
Date:   2010-10-18 02:12

So, concertmaster3, what kind of connection do you see between double reeds and violin? This is off the topic of this thread, but I have a friend who went to conservatory with violin and now plays bassoon fairly exclusively. It is an interesting combination to me.


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 Re: UNCSA Clarinet Job
Author: concertmaster3 
Date:   2010-10-18 06:31

Funny that you should mention this. A violinist in an orchestra I'm subbing with just asked me the same thing.
Her initial comment about it was that no one phrases a line like an oboist does, and that most string players try to shape their lines in that same way. I think it has to deal with the use of air. Since most double reed instruments have excess air, they have an almost never ending bow to use, and can keep going when others can't.

In terms of technical abilities, most string players have a good (visual) understanding of the relationship between pitches, as it can be seen on the instrument itself (perfect 5ths are the same finger, on diff. strings, 3rds are 2 fingers apart) much like a pianist would. Because of that, I think string instruments, along with the piano, are a great foundation instrument to begin a music career. With that foundation, you learn tuning various intervals (which is a big part of double reed playing because of the flexibility of pitch), vibrato (which relates really closely to string vibrato because you change it depending on what kind of sound you want, i.e. speeding it up and slowing it down to do a crescendo/decrescendo) and style of music played (violins and double reeds have coexisted in much of the same time periods).

I have an oboe student who is a cello major. She's always wanted to play the oboe, and is picking it up pretty quickly. Her biggest things to overcome are just learning to use the breath, and I've been able to relate it to the use of the bow. I've found that my fastest learners on double reeds are string players and saxophonists.

As a violinist, I've used a lot of my oboe technique while playing the violin. The "developing vibrato" probably is the biggest. There's also a certain meticulousness that is seen between many oboists and violinists (think how many violinists you see practicing at a conservatory and how many double reed players you see making reeds constantly).

There's probably more that will come to me later, but it is 2:30 am here! lol.

Ron Ford
Woodwind Specialist

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