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Oboe Studio

The students who make up the oboe studio at Southern Miss are enthusiastic and dedicated to their pursuit of musical excellence. We work hard in an atmosphere of creative  pursuit of  students' individual  goals while supporting and encouraging each other. 

For oboists of all levels, the program is focused around a firm grounding of the fundamentals:  

  • tone production
  • finger agility
  • expressive musical phrasing  
These fundamentals are refined through the practice of long-tones, technique methods, memorized scales, articulation exercises, Barret and Ferling etudes, orchestral excerpts, solo repertoire, and reed-making. 


  • Category 5
  • Magnolia Reed Trio
  • Driftless Winds Reed Trio

Performance Opportunities

The School of Music provides oboists with many opportunities to flourish into sophisticated players of the oboe and English horn. Opportunities for performing chamber music are available, and students can also audition to perform in the larger award-winning ensembles. Every year, students in the oboe studio have the opportunity to work with world-class guest artists in master classes.

Recent Performances

  • Recitals and master classes at Georgia State University, Central Michigan University, and Arkansas State University (Fall 2018) 
  • Benefit Concert to support the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry (November 2018)
  • Feeling Back: A lecture recital with Ed Hafer and Ellen Elder (September 2018) 
  • University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival (October 2018) 
  • Chamber music recital for oboe, clarinet, and viola with Hsiaopei Lee and Jackie McIlwain at the USM Viola Festival (November 2018) 

Alumni Accomplishments

Alumni of the Southern Miss oboe studio have successfully auditioned for and continued their musical studies at esteemed schools of music and conservatories across the nation. Here are some recent alumni accomplishments:

  • Andrea Silverio (BM) is currently pursuing her doctorate in oboe at Michigan State University 
  • Emily Matherne (BME) is teaching elementary school music at Poplarville Lower Elementary School 
  • Scott Smith (DMA) Presented a lecture at The Society for American Music conference titled: “John Cage’s ‘Rock’ Music: and Compositional Process in Ryoanji (1983–85)” in 2017

Double Reed Workshop
February 26, 2022

We are so excited to welcome you to campus for this very special event. If you are coming to Hattiesburg the day before, you are welcome to attend the master classes for college students generously given by our  special guests Scott Pool and Rachel Messing, as well as their evening recital. These events are not officially part of the Workshop, but are open to the public and we would love to have you.

Our schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, February 25

4:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m. College student master classes with Scott Pool and Rachel Messing
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Guest artist recital, Marsh Auditorium

Saturday, February 26

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Opening concert 
10:30 - 11:15  a.m Double reed ensemble rehearsal
11:15 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Instrument Repair Class with Wes Lee 
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch/shop vendor booth
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Master classes with Dr. Woolly and Dr. Kaunitz
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Reed adjusting (bassoons), Singing Through Your Reed (oboes)
2:30-3:15 p.m. Double reed ensemble rehearsal
3:30-4:00 p.m. Final concert


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