Come join fellow double reed players for a week of music, learning more about the oboe and bassoon, and FUN!
The camp provides instruction for adult amateur and high school aged oboists and bassoonists in a fun and challenging yet very supportive environment. All levels from beginning to advanced players are welcomed and encouraged to attend! Daily experiences include masterclasses, intensive reed making sessions, workshops on special topics, classes on improvisation led by Dr. Jacobs, and faculty recitals. Tuition also includes optional individual or group lessons, repertoire coaching with a pianist, minor instrument repair, and optional participant recital performance of solo pieces. The camp ends with a fun, informal final large group performance with all participants playing together!
Participants arrive on campus beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. with a pizza party and music reading sessions that evening at 6 p.m. Classes/workshops begin Monday at 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday classes will be held from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. each day, and Friday camp will be from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., with the final participant concert from 10-11 a.m.
In the evenings for underage participants there will be supervised activities, games, campus concerts, movies and more.
All camp events will take place on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus. Click here for a map of UW-Eau Claire campus. The Haas Fine Arts Center is located directly on the Chippewa River State Trail, connecting user to over 70 miles of trails for biking, running/walking.
Adults: if you are able to and enjoy walking, there is no need to have a car and there are a number of extra activities/restaurants/shopping available within a 15-minute walk from campus. Uber and Lyft are available, as well as limited city bus service.
Eau Claire, WI is located just off of I-94, 90 miles east of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metropolitan area. Eau Claire is a 5-hour drive north and west from Chicago, IL, and less than 3-hours from Madison, WI.
There are two options for air travel: fly into the Minneapolis/St. International Airport and take the Chippewa Valley Airport Shuttle to Eau Claire and taxi service is available to campus (we may be able to arrange to pick you up from the Eau Claire shuttle drop-off to campus, so let me know your flight schedule!) Or, though more expensive, you can fly directly into the Eau Claire Regional Airport (2 flights daily, all from Chicago O'Hare) and we can pick you up from the Eau Claire airport and drive you to campus housing.
Housing & Meals
Accommodations are either single room or double occupancy from Sunday through Friday in air conditioned rooms with a cafeteria meal plan. Linens (sheets and towels) are provided with each room. Participants who are under 18 will have chaperones for supervised activities around campus and in the residence halls. Participants living in the area may commute from home each day and eat cafeteria lunches and dinners with the group- the option is yours.
“The UWEC Double Reed Camp is something that I look forward to every summer.”
Michaela | high school camper from Eau Claire
“As an amateur adult oboist who returned to the oboe after a 47 year hiatus, I loved the UWEC Double Reed Camp - it was just what I needed! The awesome faculty, headed by Dr. Garvey, were not only fine musicians, but they were masters at how to teach students of all ages and all abilities. The 5-day camp was filled with classes on reed-making; ensemble playing; instrument maintenance; and so much more – all in a fun, supportive environment.”
- Sue | adult participant from Alaska
- $516 | overnight, meals & single occupancy air conditioned room included
- $490 | overnight, meals & double occupancy air conditioned room included
- $345 | commuter (no housing), lunch & dinner included
- registration includes tuition, a camp t-shirt, meals, Sunday pizza party and Thursday ice cream social
- scholarships available for high school students with demonstrated need
2019 Camp Instructors
2019 Camp Faculty
Dr. Lindabeth Binkley, Associate Professor of Oboe, Central Michigan University
Dr. Emily Kupitz, Oboe Instructor and piano collaborator, Santa Clara, CA
Dr. Carrie Veccione, Oboe Faculty, MacPhail Center for Music
Contact Dr. Christa Garvey | firstname.lastname@example.org | 715.836.3390