Double Reed Day

Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:00am-6:00pm

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 performing in a master class.

Register Here!

Please note that registration will only be available online.  Registration closes Friday, March 30, 2018 at 4:00pm. Registration will NOT be available at the door on the event day. The $20 registration fee includes lunch and access to all activities for the day. Parents of participants are welcome to attend free of charge.

All Participants age 18 and under must submit a Liability and Release Form to

Liability Form

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Hosted by BGSU's:

Susan Nelson, bassoon
Nermis Mieses, oboe

2018 Guest Artists:


MARYBETH MINNIS is the Assistant Director of the School of Music and Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Central Michigan University. She has been Principal Bassoonist of the Saginaw Bay Orchestra since 1985 and frequently performs with the Midland Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and other area orchestras.  An active chamber musician she performs and tours with the Powers Woodwind Quintet.  Professor Minnis has performed and/or presented at several International Double Reed Society Conferences, TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association), the Michigan Music Conference, regional CBDNA Conferences, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago. She received degrees from Central Michigan University (BME) and the University of Michigan (Masters in Bassoon Performance).  Her teachers include Lewis Hugh Cooper and Robert Barris.


MaryBeth Minnis can be heard on Flights of Fancy, (Centaur Records 2603,) Bremen Town Musicians, (Centaur Records 2774,) Gems for Woodwind Quintet, (White Pine Music,) The Clarinet Chamber Music of Alvin Etler (Centaur Records,) and Hidden Gems for Woodwind Quintet, (Centaur Records).  


Dr. Andrew Parker is currently Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Butler School of Music.  Previously he was Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Iowa.  Andrew has provided master classes throughout the country at such institutions as the University of Michigan, Temple University, Rice University, the University of Florida, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Luther College, Mannes Preparatory Division, and the University of Virginia to name a few. He has been the guest artist at several double reed events around the country in addition to co-hosting a Double Reed Clinics and Competition for 5 years at the University of Iowa. He also served as an adjudicator for the National Youth Orchestra, hosted by Carnegie Hall.

Andrew maintains a rich career as an orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber player and addition to his experience as a teacher. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Quad City Symphony and the Great Falls Symphony. He recently performed the world premiere of an oboe concerto, Pillars or Creation, with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. He has also played in many orchestras in North America, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Flint Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, and the Plymouth Symphony.  Andrew is currently the principal oboe of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his collegiate teaching and performing experience, Andrew has also taught and coached chamber music at various international music festivals, including the Round Top Music Festival, Oboe Fest in San Juan, FEMUSC festival in Brazil, the Hartwick Festival in New York, and the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. In 2009 he was appointed the English horn Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival; a position he maintained for four seasons.  In his tenure as English horn fellow, Andrew performed under the baton of several notable conductors.   

Andrew’s solo album, The Singing Oboe, was released under the MSR Records label in 2014.  The album was featured as cd of the week on the Boston station 99.5 WCRB .  He recently recorded an album of works for oboe, bassoon, and piano with Benjamin Coelho and Alan Huckleberry to be released on the MSR Records label.  He has also recorded a cd of Handel trio sonatas with Nancy Ambrose King.  

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music and Master’s degree at Yale University, he finished his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan.

Andrew's primary teachers have been Jeannette Bittar, Richard Killmer, and Nancy Ambrose King.  He has also studied with Elaine Douvas and Robert Walters.



Solo competition, performances, master classes, double reed choir for all that want to play, vendor exhibits, and a closing performance with the competition winners.


Carlos Coelho
Moosmann Bassoons
Jende Industries
Fox Products
Double or Nothing Reeds
Weisberg Systems
Moosmann Bassoons
Imagine Music


High School: Ages 15-18
College Level: Ages 18-22 (graduated from HS)

High School: Ages 15-18
College Level: Ages 18-22 (graduated from HS)


Students must be older than 15 and younger than 22 on the competition day.


Any work for oboe or bassoon with piano accompaniment. Duration of the music selection (with or without cuts) must be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 minutes.


  • Competitors must submit an unedited recording of themselves performing their chosen competition repertoire (maximum 10 minutes). Submitted recordings with piano accompaniment will be given priority, but recordings may be submitted without the piano accompaniment. Cuts are allowed, with written description of the cut(s) upon submission. Recordings must be received by Monday, February 26.
  • Submissions by mail or electronically are acceptable.
  • The work performed at the competition must be the same as on the audition recording.
Dr. Susan Nelson,
Double Reed Day Solo Competition
Bowling Green State University
College of Musical Arts
1031 Moore Musical Arts Center
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0290


A maximum of 5 competitors in each of the four categories will be accepted to compete. All entrants will be notified of acceptance in the competition by email no later than Friday, Friday, March 2, 2018.


All works must be performed at the competition with piano. Upon acceptance in the competition, competitors may provide their own pianist or request an accompanist through BGSU. A copy of the piano accompaniment music must be sent with the audition recording. If requesting a BGSU pianist, mark cuts in the piano part upon submission.


Andrew Parker, ob
Nermis Mieses, ob
Oboe judge- TBD
Susan Nelson, bsn
Marybeth Minnis, bsn
Bassoon judge- TBD


For each of the four categories a 1st prize, 2nd prize, and Honorable mention will be awarded.

 1st Prizes: $75 gift certificate to TrevCo-Varner Music, Certificate of Participation, and performance at the Double Reed Day closing concert.

2nd Prizes: $50 gift certificate to TrevCo-Varner Music and Certificate of Participation

Honorable mention: Certificate of Participation

If there are any questions about the BGSU Double Reed Day or Competition, please contact Dr. Nermis Mieses at or 419-372-2955.

Register today to participate in the Oboe and Bassoon masterclasses with our guest artists and host faculty. Spaces are limited! Participants will be selected to represent a varied repertoire. 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. Concerto competition repertoire is acceptable material for the masterclasses.

7:00am - Competitor check-in

7:30am - Competition warm-up/rehearsals

9:00am - General check-in (Note that registration will NOT be available at the door)
​Registration is ONLINE ONLY- Last day to register is Friday, March 30 at 4pm 

​9:00am - Solo Competitions (open to the public) | Exhibits Open 9-4

​10:45am - Guest Artist & Faculty ​Recital (open to the public) | Announcement of Solo Competition Winners (Photo)

​11:30am - Special Sessions to be Announced

12:30pm - Lunch (provided)  

1:15pm - Masterclasses

4:00pm - Double Reed Ensemble rehearsal (anyone that wants to play)

5:00pm - Closing Concert: featuring Solo Competition winners and Double Reed Ensemble (Open to the Public)