UNCG Double Reed Day

Monday, January 16, 2017
8:30 AM - 5 PM

UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts

with special Guest Artists: Jack Harel, Robert Barris and Ben Hoadley. For all advanced, intermediate, and beginner double reed students. Double reed players of all ages, band directors, and teachers welcome! We will start or switch your beginners.

Pre-registration is requested.
Admission is $30.00 per person for the day.
To register, click the "Registration" tab at left.

Proceeds benefit the College of Visual and Performing Arts Double Reed Scholarship Fund.


  • Clinics on breathing, tone production, fingerings, reedmaking and adjusting for oboe and bassoon
  • Masterclasses with Guest Artists: Robert Barris, Ben Hoadley, Jack Harel, and Hosts: Michael Burns, and Ashley Barret
  • Sessions for beginners with Anna Lampidis and Rick Sigler
  • Faculty Recital
  • Double Reed Choir
  • Repair specialist on site for minor repairs & adjustments



Please complete registration form and submit payment here.

Guest Artists:


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Jack Cozen Harel joined the roster of Yamaha Performing Artists in 2008. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Harel has been recognized with numerous awards including: Best Classical Soloist by Downbeat Magazine, winner of the Baroness Leni Fe Bland Competition, winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and the Guinness World Record for "Fastest Oboe Playing".

Mr. Harel serves on the faculty of the University of Akron and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He began his professional career at age 18 as principal oboist of the San Francisco Sinfonietta. He has also performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and is the oboe teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Harel is the oboist of the world-renowned Solaris Quintet and holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, and the Colburn School. His teachers include John de Lancie, James Moore, William Bennett, Grover Schiltz, and Allan Vogel.

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Originally from Detroit, Michigan, oboist, Anna Lampidis enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, teacher, clinician and mentor. Anna serves as Principal Oboe of the Salisbury Symphony and also holds positions of oboe and English horn with the Greensboro Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Her playing has been described as “impeccable”, “lovely” and “outstanding” in concert reviews by Classical Voice North Carolina. Her degrees include a BM from University of Miami, MM from Yale University and a DMA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Lampidis serves on the music faculties of Wake Forest University, UNC- Chapel Hill and Salem College. Her playing can be heard on Albany, VoChor and Centaur labels. She resides in Greensboro with her husband and two children and is an active private teacher, clinician and free-lance oboist.


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Ben Hoadley has taught at the School of Music of the University of Auckland since 2007, and enjoys a dynamic career as a performer and teacher throughout Australia and New Zealand. Ben is principal bassoonist with the Sydney Omega Ensemble (Ensemble in Residence at City Recital Hall, Sydney) and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, regularly appearing as soloist with both groups. He has performed as guest or acting principal bassoonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé (Manchester, UK), Hong Kong Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway), among others.

Ben completed undergraduate studies at University of Sydney/Sydney Conservatorium of Music before receiving a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he became the first wind player in over a decade to receive the school's prestigious Artist Diploma. Ben served as principal bassoonist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for three seasons, also teaching at the Hartt School of Music and working as an extra player with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and New World Symphony Orchestras. He has received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Centre, Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and the Australian National Academy of Music.

Ben’s most recent CD "Southern Invention" was listed by William Dart in the NZ Herald as one of the top 10 classical releases for 2015. His previous CD of bassoon music by Gillian Whitehead, (also on the Atoll label) was a finalist in the 2013 NZ Music Awards. Ben has recorded recital programmes for Radio New Zealand, the Australian Broadcasting Commission and WGBH Classic 'FM (Boston) and has performed recitals of contemporary bassoon music at the International Double Reed Society Conventions in 2004 (Melbourne) and 2013 (Redlands, California). Ben recently performed and recorded a new bassoon concerto by Alex Taylor with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Ben holds a MMus in composition with first class honours from the University of Waikato, where he is currently undertaking Doctoral studies in composition.

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Robert Barris is a former member of the Toledo, Dallas, and Detroit Symphonies. He has served on the faculties of Central Michigan University, the Interlochen Arts Academy, Northwestern University and DePaul University. While in Chicago he was the top bassoon free-lancer, performing over three hundred concerts with the Chicago Symphony. He performed as principal bassoon with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lake Forest Symphony, Ars Viva, and the Joffrey Ballet. Mr. Barris has recorded many commercials for State Farm, McDonalds, All-State, etc. Other recordings include the Mozart Winds Serenades with the NY Philomusica as well as a number of Motown hits, including with artists Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes. He has toured most of the United States as well as China, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, appearing as a featured chamber musician with various groups.

Professor Barris has had noted success as a teacher. His students have been members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, as well as a number European and South African orchestras. They have also served on the faculties of Kent State University, Western Michigan University, Miami of Ohio, North Texas University, the University of Nebraska, Baylor University, the Interlochen Arts Academy, etc. He was an original member of the International Double Reed Society and served as its Vice President as well as hosting an annual conference at Northwestern University.

Professor Barris earned his degrees at the University of Michigan. He continues to be a highly regarded appraiser of bassoons, a registered Fox dealer, and a bassoon repairman. Mr. Barris apprenticed with Lewis Hugh Cooper. Other teachers have included Charles Sirard, Robert Pfeuffer, and Louis Skinner. Currently, Robert Barris is recognized for his Master Classes at bassoon programs around the country and through his business, Broken Winds LLC.


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Mary Ashley Barret is the Professor of Oboe at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been on the faculty since 1998. A native of North Carolina, she holds the principal oboe position with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in addition to being a frequent performer throughout the southeastern USA. She has appeared as soloist with the Salisbury Symphony, the Florida State Wind Orchestra, the UNCG Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, and has presented numerous guest recitals and master classes throughout the United States, Caribbean, Central America, Canada, Germany, China, New Zealand and Australia. A chamber music aficionado, Barret performs regularly with the Cascade Wind Quintet, the EastWind Trio d'Anches, the EastWind Ensemble, and has spent several summers playing chamber music in the Adirondacks of New York.

Some highlights of her career include co-hosting the International Double Reed Society's 32nd annual conference in 2003, a Carnegie-Hall recital debut with the EastWind Trio d'Anches in 2005, a ten-day recital tour to China with the EastWind Quintette d'Anches in 2008, and most recently being invited as faculty at the Brevard Music Center for the Summer Festival of 2010. Barret's degrees include the Doctor of Music from Florida State University, the Master of Music from Baylor University, and the Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music. She can be heard on Live from Luzerne recordings with the Luzerne Chamber Players (NY), Out of the Woods, French reed trio music with TreVent, The Russian Clarinet (with EastWind Trio d'Anches), EastWind Trio d'Anches Looks East (Reed Trios of Eastern Europe), Chamber Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (pub. by Centaur Records). Barret's current research focus has been recording music by women composers, the first CD of which was released Spring 2012, published by Centaur Records. Barret is an artist/clinician for Buffet Group USA.

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New Zealand-born bassoonist Michael Burns has an active career as a teacher and performer. He is Professor of bassoon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He has recorded for the Centaur, CAP, Telarc, EMI, Klavier, and Mark labels and his solo CD Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists was released in 2009 on the Mark Masters label to critical acclaim. He currently performs as a soloist, in chamber groups, and orchestrally. He has numerous recent performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America, Germany, China Italy and the South Pacific. He serves as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony, the North Carolina Opera Company and as bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble, the Blue Mountain Ensemble, and Forecast Music. He also performs regularly with the North Carolina, and Greensboro Symphonies and as a guest with the Ciompi Quartet and Mallarme Chamber Players. His students have earned positions on the faculties of some of the leading universities in the U.S. and won prestigious competitions such as the Meg Quigley Vivialdi and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist competitions. In summers, Burns has been associated with the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy, the Eastern Music Festival the Music For All/Bands of America Summer Symposiums, New England Music Camp, and the Affetti Music Festival in Alaska. Burns is also a composer with many works published by TrevCo Music, Potenza Music and Effiny Music and performed internationally. For more information please visit: www.michaelburnsbassoon.com


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michael Burns

Dr. Ashley Barret

UNCG Double Reed Day exhibitors-sponsors

A variety of vendors will be present offering instruments, bocals, reeds, tools, music, etc. Come try the latest products and pick up those double reed supplies!

Angry Duck Reeds
Allegro Music Sales
Bel Canto Reeds
Miller Marketing
Midwest Musical Imports
Bocal Majority Store
Fox Products
Yamaha Artists

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Bassoons ALL Oboes Beginners
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 - 9:45 Welcome Warm-Up and Exhibits
9:45 - 10:00 Group Photos-Gather for Recital
10:00 - 11:00 Faculty Recital
11:00 - 12:00 Hoadley Masterclass 1 Harel Sigler - Lets get started! - Lampidis
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH/Exhibits
1:00 - 2:00 Barris, Hoadley, Burns Reeds Harel, Barret Sigler - Beginners 2 - Lampidis
2:00 - 3:30 Barris Masterclass 2 Harel, Barret, Lampidis Sigler - Beginners 3 - Lampidis
3:30 - 4:00 Break/Exhibits
4:00 - 5:00 Double Reed Choir reading and mini-concert
Followed by Q and A with the Faculty

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