Monday, January 20, 2020
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
UNCG School of Music

Hosts and Artist-Instructors: Ashley Barret and Michael Burns, Professors of Oboe and Bassoon at UNCG

When: January 20, 2020

Times: 8:30am to 5:00pm

Where: University of North Carolina at Greensboro –  School of Music

Cost: $35 per student   –   on time deadline: January 5, 2020

*Late enrollment $50 (between January 6 – 13, 2020)

*Last minute enrollment $75 (between January 14 – 20, 2020)

We prefer that you register in advance if at all possible but walk-ins are possible on the day of the event at the “last-minute” pricing.

Who: any oboe or bassoon player (beginner, intermediate, advanced divisions), SWITCH OVERS WELCOME!

This is a really great event to come learn reed-making and adjusting, play some great double-reed chamber music and get to work with some AMAZING Guest Artists and Faculty members on the UNCG campus!

Vendors include:

  • Bocal Majority
  • Midwest Musical Imports
  • Miller Marketing
  • Moore Music
  • Weisberg Systems
  • Allegro Music Sales

  • Clinics on breathing, tone production, fingerings, reedmaking and adjusting for oboe and bassoon
  • Masterclasses with Guest Artists: Katherine Needleman, Harrison Miller, and Hosts: Michael Burns, and Ashley Barret
  • Sessions for beginners
  • Guest Artist and Faculty Recital
  • Double Reed Choir
  • Repair specialist on site for minor repairs & adjustments
  • Please bring your own bag lunch.
  • Afternoon snacks will be provided.

Download the 2020 Double Reed Day Poster

Katherine NeedlemanKatherine Needleman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Competition. As soloist, she has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, in addition to her frequent appearances with the Baltimore Symphony. She has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New Zealand, and San Diego.

Ms. Needleman’s chamber music engagements have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York; Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C. She has appeared at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, the Alpenglow Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and throughout Greenland. A participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has also appeared on two tours with “Musicians from Marlboro.”

Devoted to the music of our time, Ms. Needleman has premiered numerous works and has commissioned works by Luis Prado, Chia-Yu Hsu and David Ludwig. She gave the American premiere of Brenno Blauth’s Concertino and the West Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Oboe Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival with Marin Alsop conducting. She gave the premiere of Kevin Puts’ oboe concerto, Moonlight, at the Baltimore Symphony’s New Music Festival with Marin Alsop in June, 2018.

Ms. Needleman is presenting a recital for oboe and piano with pianist Hanchien Lee of music by women composers which has been played or will be played in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Tampa, New York City, Washington D.C., Oberlin, and Pittsburgh. She is concurrently presenting a recital of music for oboe alone in Baltimore, Northfield MN, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Iowa City, Madison WI, Eau Claire WI, and Greensboro VT.

A Baltimore native, Ms. Needleman attended high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts but left early to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was a student of Richard Woodhams. She has been a member of the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University since 2005, and is currently on faculty at the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis SummerFest.

harrison miller bassoon

Harrison Miller joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as acting principal bassoon in September 2017, having been appointed to the position by Music Director Marin Alsop. Additional orchestral experience includes guest work with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisville Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, and the Symphony in C (Haddonfield, New Jersey).

Harrison received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in May 2017, where he studied with Judith LeClair. In addition to receiving a Kovner Fellowship, Harrison was the winner of Juilliard’s 2017 Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music.

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Harrison began his formal musical education studying with Joyce Kelley before going on to attend the Juilliard Pre-College as a student of Marc Goldberg in 2010. The first bassoonist in Juilliard’s history to win concerto competitions in two divisions, Harrison performed as soloist with both the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra.

A devoted chamber musician, Harrison studied with the New York Woodwind Quintet as a member of their Juilliard seminar and has since gone on to perform in New York’s annual ChamberFest, masterclasses at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and in a woodwind quintet with members of the New York Philharmonic for their Very Young People’s Concerts.

Summer festivals include participation at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a New Horizons Fellow, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. During his undergraduate degree, Harrison was a teaching assistant for Marc Goldberg at the Juilliard Pre-College. He lead reed-making classes, assisted in lessons, mentored students in orchestra, and coached chamber music. He now maintains his own private studio, and frequently leads sectionals for both the Baltimore Youth Symphony Orchestra and Howard County Youth Orchestras. Harrison was most recently bassoon faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts’ 2019 Summer Camp and will be presenting masterclasses at the University of Toronto, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of North Carolina Greensboro this year.

Ashley BarretMary 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.

Michael BurnsNew 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:

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michael Burns

Dr. Ashley Barret

Proposed schedule (subject to change):

8:30 – Registration / sign in
9:00-9:45 – Welcome and group warm up
9:45-10:00 – Picture
10:00-11:00 – Faculty recital
11:00-12:00 – Student Masterclass | Switchover Class 1
12:00-1:00 – Lunch (Bring your bag lunch)
1:00-2:00 – Masterclass and Special Topics  | Switchover Class 2
2:00-3:30  – Reed Making Class
3:30-4:30 – Double Reed Ensemble Rehearsal
4:30-4:45 – Break – snacks provided
4:45-5:00 – Student Concert