The Auburn University Double Reed Ensemble has been selected to perform at the prestigious 2018 International Double Reed Society’s annual conference, being held in Granada, Spain.
Generally, the instruments that fall into the double reed family include the bassoon, oboe and English horn.
The Auburn University Double Reed Ensemble was formed in 2017 with the arrival of the Department of Music’s new double reeds professor, Kristin Leitterman. Under her direction, the students have had the opportunity to perform different genres of repertoire, as well as learn to work together as a chamber ensemble.
“This conference means that I can finally display my skills at an international event, and it will allow me to get to know my fellow double reed peers,” said James Foo, an incoming freshman. “It will help me have a great start to my college career at Auburn.”
The AU Double Reed Ensemble will perform on Aug. 28 in the Salon de Plenos del Ayuntamiento, and Leitterman will perform a solo recital on Aug. 31 in the Sala Albeniz-Machuca PCGR.
After the evening gala concert on Aug. 31, students have the opportunity to join the IDRS Double Reed Band in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest wind band, ever.
"The opportunity to attend and perform at the International Double Reed Society’s conference is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for AU’s Double Reed students," Leitterman said. "During the conference famous oboist and bassoonists from all around the world perform, teach, and listen to different sessions.
"It will be an amazing experience for our students to experience a week of double reed concerts and master classes by these great masters, and participating in the music-making themselves."
Students of the AU Double Reed Ensemble are currently raising funds to help offset the travel costs. For more information on how to donate, please contact Melissa Hage, CLA Office of Development, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 334-844-1483.
For more information about the ensemble, please contact Leitterman at email@example.com or visit the Facebook page Auburn University Double Reed Studio.