Summer Music Camp For Oboists

  • by Kathy Sheinhouse

Are you an aspiring oboist looking to enhance your skills in a fun and immersive environment? Look no further than a summer music camp. Some camps are highly specialized for oboists, offering a unique opportunity to hone their craft, connect with like-minded individuals, and take their musical abilities to the next level. Other camps are more generalist in nature. They attract a wide range of wind and string instrumentalists for their band and orchestral programs.

What can oboists expect from a summer camp experience?

At a summer camp with a program specializing on oboists, participants can expect a rigorous schedule of rehearsals, masterclasses, and private lessons focused specifically on technique, repertoire and reed making. With expert instructors guiding them every step of the way, campers have the opportunity to improve their tone and musical interpretation skills. They will expand their repertoire of the most important works for oboe.  This choice is appropriate for aspiring players primarily interested in skill building.

If you choose a general music camp, there may or may not be an oboe specialist.  There will be opportunities to play in small ensembles, bands and perhaps orchestras. There will be opportunities to play with and interact with a broader group of musicians in small and large ensembles.  The music may be amazing, but may not necessarily include core curriculum for the oboist.  A general music camp may include more opportunities for recreation outside of music making.  This type of music camp is great for aspiring players interested in developing their skills through participation in music making activities.

How does attending a summer camp benefit oboists?

Research has shown that immersive music experiences, such as summer camps, can have a significant impact on a musician's development. In fact, studies have found that students and adults who participate in music camps often see improvements in their overall musicianship, confidence, and performance abilities. Additionally, the collaborative nature of these camps fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among participants.

Why should oboists consider attending a summer camp? 

Summer camps for oboists provide a unique opportunity for young and experienced musicians to focus intensively on their instrument in a supportive and encouraging environment. By immersing themselves in music for an extended period of time, campers can make significant strides in their playing abilities and gain valuable insights from experienced instructors.

Whether you're a beginner looking to build a strong foundation or an advanced player aiming to refine your skills, a summer camp for oboists can offer a transformative musical experience that will stay with you long after the camp ends.

Spring is here, and this is a good time to start thinking about enrolling your young oboist in a Music Camp or Summer Arts program.  There are lots of choices out there. Here are some things to consider.

Local Or Sleep Away?

Local programs through music schools are great for small ensembles and general music instruction. Players can build reading skills, social skills and make new friends. Make sure they have oboe specialists on staff that would help with sound production and reed making. These are often half day programs. 

More intensive musical experiences happen in sleep aways.  Do your research to ensure that there is a good fit with experience level, space for all players in larger and smaller ensembles, and opportunities for  individual oboe instruction. Try to assess how intensive an experience you want for yourself or your child.  Four to five hours of play a day is a lot for most oboists over the course of a week, unless one is really in shape. Find out about other sources of structured and unstructured recreation activity and whether they provide the balance needed for a great camp experience.

Plan For Your Oboe Reed Needs In Advance

Don't be stuck last minute for the reeds needed to play every rehearsal and concert.  Reeds don't last forever.  Players should have at least three high quality reeds per week  that are suited to their experience level to fully enjoy their camp experience.

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