Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Place:Berkner High School Band Hall 1600 East Spring Valley Road Richardson, TX 75081
Admission: $40 for soloists/$20 for auditors
Clinicians: Rodney Ackmann, Professor of Bassoon at the University of Oklahoma and Andrew Parker, Professor of Oboe at the University of Texas
Students: Get to the next level in your all-region performance to gain the edge you need to succeed from top players from around the country Late arrival / early departure is OK. Space is VERY limited for soloists. Auditor versus soloist: Soloists will perform a selection of one etude for the class and receive a “public” lesson of about 15-20 minutes by the clinician. Auditors will play when everyone plays, but do not play in front of the group by themselves. Most participants will be auditors, soloist spots are very limited and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants get to perform when the clinician has everyone play. If you pay for a soloist spot and are assigned an auditor spot, you will receive a partial refund. Everyone should bring their instrument.
Late enrollment after September 11th – add $10
Last minute enrollment after September 18th – add $15
Rodney Ackmann (bassoon) is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Oklahoma where he also performs as a member of the Oklahoma Wind Quintet and is Director of the Sooner Bassooners. Additionally, he serves as Principal Bassoonist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and performs as a member of the Bright Music Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Ackmann previously served as Principal Bassoonist of the Tulsa Philharmonic and Tulsa Opera Orchestra for 22 seasons. Other performance affiliations have included the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Solisti New York, Kansas City Symphony, Odyssey and Nova Chamber Music Series, and the Musica nel Chiostro, Spoleto and Assisi Music Festivals in Italy.
As guest soloist, Ackmann has appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Musica Regala, Norman Philharmonic and numerous times with the Tulsa Philharmonic. He also has performed as soloist in the People’s Republic of China at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, and before an audience of 8,000 at Chongqing University. More recently, he was one of only seven Americans invited from 43 countries, to perform with the 24/4 World Peace Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia He has recorded for Chandos, Mark Records, and Enharmonic, and has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today.
Mr. Ackmann has performed numerous solo and collaborative recitals at five recent conferences of the International Double Reed Society, both in the United States and abroad. He has also presented pedagogical clinics and performances for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and state music educators conferences in Texas, Michigan, Florida, Nevada and Missouri. Mr. Ackmann served as a juror for the final round of the 2012 Meg Quigley Vivaldi International Competition in Stockton, California.
Prior to joining the OU faculty, he served as Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri, and for seven summers as Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Ackmann’s students have won numerous awards in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, in both solo and chamber music categories. His students have also performed in Master classes for annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society and the Midwest Double Reed Society.
Mr. Ackmann holds the Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Leonard Sharrow and Sidney Rosenberg. He currently serves on the Music Advisory Panel for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
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. In Andrew’s time at the University of Iowa, he provided master classes at several institutions throughout the country, including the University of Michigan, 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 in addition to his experience as a teacher. He has performed as a soloist with the Quad City Symphony and the Great Falls Symphony. 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 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.
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.