January 24, 2021
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
UNCG School of Music Virtual Event

Guest Artists: Galit Kaunitz, oboe and Jacqui Wilson, bassoon, hosts of The Double Reed Dish podcast
Hosts and Artist-Instructors: Ashley Barret and Michael Burns, Professors of Oboe and Bassoon at UNCG

When: January 24, 2021

Times: 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Where: University of North Carolina at Greensboro –  School of Music. Online and virtual. Weblink will be sent to registered guests.

Cost: FREE!

Who: any oboe or bassoon player (beginner, intermediate, advanced divisions),

This is a really great event to come learn more about the double reed instruments, play some games and have fun and get to work with some AMAZING Guest Artists and UNCG Faculty members!

  • Clinics on breathing, tone production, fingerings, reedmaking and adjusting for oboe and bassoon
  • Masterclasses with Guest Artists: Galit Kaunitz, Jacqui Wilson, and Hosts: Michael Burns, and Ashley Barret
  • Double Reed Dish interview live!
  • Double Reed games and fun!
  • Sessions for beginners
  • Guest Artist and Faculty Recital

Download the 2021 Double Reed Day Poster

Mary 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 Charlotte, 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. Barret performs regularly with the Greensboro Symphony 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, the Brevard Summer Music Festival of 2010, and as the headline master teacher for the NC Bocal Majority/Operation O.B.O.E summer camps since 2014.  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 research focus has been recording music by women composers, the first CD of which was released Spring 2012, published by Centaur Records.  Currently she is working with the Women’s Wind Ensemble and will be producing a concert series promoting the winning composers from the Women of Note Composition Competition. Barret is an artist/clinician for Buffet Group USA.  mabarret@uncg.edu  

Michael BurnsHailed for his “exquisite artistry,” “stunning interpretations” and “flawless performances,” New-Zealand-born bassoonist Michael Burns enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher and composer. 

An active performer, Burns enjoys roles as a soloist, in chamber groups, and orchestrally with numerous recent performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America, Germany, Italy, China and the South Pacific. He performs as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony and the North Carolina Opera and as bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble and Blue Mountain Forecast.

He also performs regularly with regional groups such as the Greensboro, Charlotte, and North Carolina Symphonies and as a guest with the Ciompi Quartet and Mallarme Chamber Players.

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 to critical acclaim on the Mark Masters label. A new CD Glass Ghosts is scheduled for release in 2021. Burns is a Moosman Artist/Clinician and plays on a Moosmann 222CL 5SC Thin Wall bassoon.

Burns’ primary position is as Professor of bassoon at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In summers, he has been associated with several Festivals including the Clazz International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy, Eastern Music Festival, The Summer Bassoon Extravaganza, Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposium, the Affetti Festival, New England Music Camp and the Bocal Majority and Operation O.B.O.E.

Prior to accepting the position at UNCG, he also taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Indiana State University and Midland College.

He is an active composer with many of his pieces being published by TrevCo MusicPotenza Music and Effiny Music and frequently performed internationally. https://michaelburnsbassoon.com

Galit Kaunitz Galit Kaunitz is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at The University of Southern Mississippi, joining the faculty in 2015. She is a devoted performer and pedagogue who gives recitals and master classes throughout the United States. Galit is also a co-host and co-creator of Double Reed Dish, a podcast created specifically for oboists and bassoonists of all ages and abilities!

Galit loves the interactive and connecting power of chamber music. She performs regularly with Category 5 and Magnolia Reed Trio, USM’s faculty ensembles. The Magnolia Reed Trio recently performed a spring 2017 tour of Louisiana, culminating in recitals at Louisiana State University and Northwestern State University. As a member of the Driftless Winds Reed Trio, she was selected to perform at the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conference in Columbus, GA and College Music Society National Conference in Santa Fe, NM. Driftless Winds completed a week-long residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in 2015, where they learned a program of new commissions for the ensemble by Brian Van Winkel, Chiayu Hsu, and Rachel Devorah Trapp. Galit is a founding member of the Coreopsis Quintet, based in Tallahassee, FL, which was selected to give a performance and master class tour of Costa Rica as part of Centro Cultural’s Promising Artists of the 21st Century Program in 2013.

A seasoned orchestral musician, Galit currently plays second oboe/English horn with the Meridian and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras, and regularly appears with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony Orchestra. In the past, she has performed with the Charleston, Tallahassee, Austin, and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. In addition to playing within the orchestra, Galit had the honor of performing the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the USM Symphony Orchestra in November 2016.

Galit Kaunitz earned her D.M. from the Florida State University with a certificate in college teaching, M.M. from the University of Texas at Austin, and B.M. from the Hartt School of Music. Her major teachers include Eric Ohlsson, Rebecca Henderson, and Humbert Lucarelli. Galit lives in Hattiesburg, MS with her wife Beckie, and their very sassy cat.

Dr. Jacqueline WilsonDr. Jacqueline Wilson is Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Theory at Washington State University. As an active soloist, she regularly presents recitals, masterclasses, and clinics including recent engagements at the International Double Reed Society Conference (Tampa, FL, Columbus, GA, Redlands, CA), the College Music Society Conference (Santa Fe, NM), the Illinois Music Educator’s Conference (Peoria, IL), Michigan Music Conference (Grand Rapids, MI), the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference (Ames, IA), and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She has performed concerto engagements with the St. Louis Wind Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, the Eau Claire Youth Symphony, and numerous college music ensembles. As an active chamber musician, she has been featured on various college campuses and festivals, including the LunART Festival (Madison, WI), the Ashland Chamber Music Society (Ashland, WI), and the Avaloch Chamber Music Institute (Boscowen, NH).

As an enthusiastic pedagogue and scholar, Wilson currently serves as the bassoon instructor at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy (Valparaiso, IN) where she is also a member of the Movere Wind Quintet. She has published educational articles in several journals, including The Double Reed, The Instrumentalist, and School Band and Orchestra Magazine and has held previous teaching positions in the University of Wisconsin system, and at Kirkwood Community College. Wilson serves as the Treasurer for the Midwest Double Reed Society, and as a member of the administrative team for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium. She also co-hosts the Double Reed Dish podcast with oboist Galit Kaunitz.

As an avid supporter of new music, Dr. Wilson has premiered and commissioned works by composers Juantio Becenti, Chia-yu Hsu, Rachel Devorah Trapp, Brian Van Winkle, and Anthony Donofrio. Her dissertation, a performance guide and analysis of the Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings by Sofia Gubaidulina, advocates for the integration of modern repertoire into the standard pedagogical curriculum. Dr. Wilson (Yakama) is especially passionate about diversity and American Indian representation in classical music and frequently performs the works of Native composers.

Dr. Wilson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She is also a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and Eastern Washington University. Her principal teachers include Benjamin Coelho, Matthew Ruggiero, and Lynne Feller-Marshall.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michael Burns

Dr. Ashley Barret

  • 1:30  Introdutions, zoom etiquette
  • 1:45  Interview with our Double Reed Dish guest artists
  • 2:00  Recital with guests and UNCG faculty
  • 2:30  Master class #1
  • 3:15  Master class #2 and break out rooms for Basics of Bassoon and Oboe clinics
  • 4:00  Games
  • 4:50  Prizes/Awards  and final comments

The UNCG Virtual Double Reed Day 2021 would like to thank our wonderful vendors/sponsors for their generous support.

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