Double Reed Day

Sunday, March 17, 2024

A day of double reed performances and classes open to bassoonists and oboists of all ages and abilities. Music Educators are welcome to attend. Everyone should bring their instrument and repertoire regardless of signing up to perform.

Hosted by BGSU Faculty:

Susan Nelson, bassoon
Dwight Parry, oboe


Please note that registration will only be available online. Registration closes Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 4:00pm. The $10 registration fee includes access to all activities for the day. Parents/Guardians do not need to register in order to attend the event. Nonetheless, they are expected to remain with their child(ren) throughout the course of the event. Participants should bring their own lunch. 

All participants age 18 and under must email a signed copy of the Media Release form to

Media Release Form

Guest Artists:

Orion Rapp, oboe
Amy Pollard, bassoon

Orion Rapp, oboe


Orion Rapp is Principal Oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a position he has held since the fall of 2013. Before that he was the Principal Oboist of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where he was regularly featured as a soloist. In 2019, Orion received the Outstanding Artist Award from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.

Orion also maintains an active performance career nationally. He has performed as principal oboe with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been a guest oboist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Orion made his New York debut in 2013 in a production of Benjamin Britten’s opera, “The Rape of Lucretia."

Orion studied at Rutgers University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His previous teachers include Nathan Hughes (principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Frank Rosenwein (principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra), and Dwight Parry (principal oboist of the Cincinnati Orchestra).

Amy Pollard, bassoon


Amy Pollard is the Professor of Bassoon and Associate Director for Performance at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She formerly served as Lecturer of Bassoon at Baylor University and has also been on faculty at the University of Dayton and the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During the summer she teaches at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center Advanced Bassoon Institute, the UGA Study Abroad program in Alessandria, Italy, the Saarburg Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany, and the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. She has taught master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States and internationally as well as serving as a guest artist for numerous double reed festivals and clinics.  

Pollard holds positions as principal bassoon with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and second bassoon with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She is an active freelance performer and frequently performs with orchestras throughout the Southeast and beyond. Pollard also serves on the administrative board for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium as part of the Competition Committee.

Pollard has presented solo recitals at venues across the country and internationally and has performed as a soloist with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Symphony as well as with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. An avid chamber musician, she has performed at venues throughout the country and also in Ireland, Belgium, Argentina, Italy, and Germany, and Thailand with such groups as the Georgia Woodwind Quintet, the Baylor University Woodwind Quintet, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Players. Her bassoon-percussion duo, Col Legno and her bassoon duo, Dueaux, have performed recitals and presented master classes at numerous venues throughout the country.

Pollard’s debut solo album, Ruminations: Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza, and the Georgia Woodwind Quintet’s CD Chroma were both released by Mark Records and are available on iTunes.   

Pollard received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, studying with William Winstead and William Ludwig.


Faculty and guest performances, masterclasses and a special topics class for each instrument.


  • Fox Products
  • Nielsen Bocal Supply
  • Oboe Chicago
  • Jende Industries
  • Weisberg Systems
  • Bruce McCall- Double Reed Repair Specialist, Meridian Winds

Register to participate in the Oboe or Bassoon masterclasses with our guest artists and host faculty. Spaces are limited! Participants will be selected to represent a variety of repertoire and playing levels. You will be asked to list your masterclass repertoire on the registration page.

How to Prepare

Keep in mind a masterclass is like a private lesson open to an audience. Therefore your participation must be performance ready.

9 AM: Check in/Vendors Open
              Rehearsals for performers/Warm-up

10 AM: Recital: Guest Artists Orion Rapp, oboe, Amy Pollard, bassoon, and BGSU faculty and students. Bryan Recital Hall

11 AM: Workshop for oboe, Bryan Rehearsal Hall

11 AM: Workshop for bassoon, Choral Rehearsal Hall

12:50 PM: Double Reed Ensemble reading session, Bryan Recital Hall

2 PM: Master class- Orion Rapp, oboe, Bryan Recital Hall

2 PM: Master class- Amy Pollard, bassoon, Choral Rehearsal Hall

4-5 PM: Knife sharpening class with Jende Industries

Updated: 03/13/2024 10:45AM