Celebrate Double Reed Day

Middle, high school oboists, bassoonists set to unite Oct. 15

Ryan Reynolds

The Fredonia School of Music announces that Double Reed Day will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 in Mason Hall on the State University of New York at Fredonia campus. Double Reed Day is designed for middle and high school oboists and bassoonists to come and spend the day working with the double reed faculty and students at Fredonia in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Fredonia is delighted to welcome this year’s special guest artists, Tim Gocklin (oboe) and Ryan Reynolds (bassoon), both of the acclaimed AKROPOLIS Reed Quintet.

The day includes master classes focusing on both solo performing and the techniques of playing; coached double reed chamber music reading sessions, and a final double reed ensemble performance for everyone.

Double Reed Day is organized by Fredonia faculty members Sarah Hamilton (oboe) and Laura Koepke (bassoon). Participants will have opportunities throughout the day to visit guest vendors exhibiting double reed instruments, double reed music and supplies available for sale. Also available will be free double reed repairs by Brenda Small, a professional woodwind repair technician.

Parents and teachers are welcome to attend all classes for free (lunch and T-shirt NOT included).

Double Reed Day registration includes the full day of workshops, lunch on campus, and a Double Reed Day T-shirt. Register by Monday, Sept. 25 ($30); after Sept. 25 ($35). Note: a T-shirt is only guaranteed for participants who register by Sept. 25. Complete details and online registration available at: www.fredonia.edu/music/community/drd.

About the Guest Artists:

Timothy Gocklin

Known for his sensitive, colorful and engaging performances, Timothy Gocklin shares his passion for music through his deep love for the oboe. His relationship with the oboe began at age 11, the day after attending a military band concert featuring the oboe. Since then, he has gone on to perform with some of the world’s leading artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and Richard Stolzman.

Outside of Akropolis, Gocklin performs chamber music in a wide variety of settings, including regular appearances with the New York Chamber Soloists, Orchestra of St. Lukes, and on Broadway for Phantom of the Opera. He performed Hindemith’s Die Serenaden as part of the Yale in New York series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and he has participated in the Sarasota and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals. As a fellow of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Gocklin had the privilege of working with Carol Wincenc and William Purvis in a performance of Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Emile Bernard’s Divertissement. In addition, he spent the summer of 2012 as a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a quintet-in-residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp performing around the state of Michigan.

In 2009, Gocklin was announced winner of the inaugural U.S. President’s Own “Marine Band” Concerto Competition, and as a result performed Haydn’s Oboe Concerto with the ensemble at the MTNA national conference in Milwaukee, WI. A few months earlier Tim was invited to perform Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor as a guest soloist with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra.

He can be heard on the NAXOS and Block M record labels and has participated in other recording projects, including two albums with the University of Michigan Symphony Band in 2010 and 2012, the second of which featured new works for wind ensemble under the direction of Michael Haithcock. These works were taken on a tour to China where the band performed 9 concerts in 6 cities, including at Beijing’s National Centre for the Arts and Shanghai’s Grand Theatre. In 2011, he recorded the three piano concerti of Alberto Ginastera with pianist Barbara Nissman and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012, he received his Bachelors degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. He went on to complete his Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma at Yale University studying with Steven Taylor.

Ryan Reynolds

Reynolds chose the bassoon in fifth grade under the impression that it produced only one note and would therefore be the easiest instrument to play. His disappointment upon discovering three and a half octaves of notes quickly turned to fascination and intrigue, with the “gorgonzola of the orchestra” providing daily mysteries and rewards.

This fall, he joins the faculty of Miami University (Ohio) as Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon. Previously Reynolds was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Florida State University bassoon studio where he received his Doctorate in Bassoon. He has performed with the Traverse and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras. In 2009, he toured the upper peninsula of Michigan with the Sonrisa Wind Quintet as an artist-in-residence for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and in 2012 was a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a wind quintet built entirely of Interlochen alumni that toured around the Midwest.

A passionate educator, Reynolds has taught a studio of young bassoonists from throughout southern Michigan and at Florida State University. He has taught numerous beginning bassoon camps, masterclasses, and clinics at schools around the United States. He has taught bassoon methods classes at the collegiate level, and coached several chamber ensembles at FSU.

Reynolds has been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” Interlochen Public Radio, and can be seen in numerous videos in the University of Michigan Bassoon Studio YouTube series.

After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy from 2004-08 where he studied with Dr. Eric Stomberg, he replaced his ‘Interlochen blues’ with Michigan’s, attending the University of Michigan from 2008-2014 while studying with Dr. Jeffrey Lyman, where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in bassoon.