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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

WSU Oboe Camp

June 20-25, 2021

Grades 7-12

WSU Online Oboe Camp offers an exciting week of virtual lessons, reed making, and more for students studying oboe and English horn, grades 7 through 12 (students entering grades 7-12 and students graduating high school are eligible). Students enrolling should have a minimum of one year of playing experience on the oboe.

Camp Description:
Oboists and English horn players will work with Dr. Keri McCarthy (oboe faculty, WSU) and other outstanding Washington State University faculty members to improve their musical skills. This camp focuses on building playing fundamentals through private lessons, master classes, reed making lectures and seminars, and performance opportunities. Students may also have the opportunity to explore other areas of interest such as developing a warm up, preparing for auditions, minimizing performance anxiety, and career planning.

This year’s online camp format will allow for social time, with regular evening meetings for campers to meet up and share their experiences in an informal setting.

Dr. Keri E. McCarthy, oboe, is an active performer, teacher, and clinician across the United States and in Southeast Asia. She completed degrees in performance at Indiana University, Yale University, and Ithaca College.

Each Day will Include:
Morning warm-ups (independent videos with exercises), individual lesson (20-30 minutes), synchronous group master class, reed making media and session with camp counselor, lectures/conversations with faculty, evening social hour (with camp counselor as moderator)
Friday (6/25) will feature a modified morning schedule with elements from above, and an afternoon Oboe Camp Zoom concert 1-3 pm.

Material Requirements:
-Oboe with reeds for a full week of playing.
-Repertoire/Music: You will be engaging in daily lessons for the duration of the camp, so prepare several contrasting etudes or movements of works. If you are not currently studying with a private teacher and/or need suggestions for etudes and solo repertoire to prepare for camp, please let us know as we would be glad to offer suggestions.
–Music stand, metronome, and pencil
-Access to a computer with microphone and webcam (built-in is fine), high-speed internet connection. Space for playing without interruption, large enough to accommodate a music stand, chair, and computer/camera.
–Reed making equipment. This is not required, but is highly recommended — we will have daily reed making sessions, and you will have the opportunity to learn to tie, scrape, and adjust your reeds.

$150 includes private lessons, access to online lectures, synchronous masterclasses and final concert, camp shirt.

Please mail the $150 registration fee via check made out to: WSU School of Music

School of Music
Washington State University
Attention: Anna-Maria Shannon
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA  99164-5300

Application Deadline:
Application forms and fees must be received by May 28, 2021.

Recording Requirements:
Please include a recording to let us know more about your playing. Record: 1) a scale of your choice (full range) played twice, a slow version and fast version, and 2) two minutes of a piece of your choice. If you have not already submitted a recording with your application, e-mail us a link to your YouTube video or Dropbox recording ( Please submit a recording of your playing by May 28.

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Oboe Camp Release Agreement


Oboe Camp:
Keri McCarthy,, (509) 335-7966

WSU School of Music:, (509) 335-3898