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Double Reed Camp

Grades 9-12 | June 28 - July 2, 2020

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 high school aged oboists and bassoonists in an enjoyable and challenging yet very supportive environment. All aspiring double reed musicians are encouraged to apply! Daily experiences include masterclasses, intensive reed making sessions, workshops on special topics, chamber music sessions, and faculty recitals. Tuition also includes individual and small group lessons, repertoire coaching with a pianist, minor instrument repair, and optional participant recital performance of solo pieces. The camp ends with informal performances of chamber music.

The UWEC Double Reed Camp is committed to providing the highest quality learning experiences for all students in small group settings.  As such, the class sizes will be limited to approximately 15 oboists and 15 bassoonists.

**Priority application submission is April 1**

To be considered for camp, all applicants must submit a short three to five minute audio or video recording that includes one to two excerpts from a solo piece or etude that exhibits the participant's technical and lyrical playing abilities. No piano accompaniment is necessary. A recording made from a cell phone is totally fine, just make sure the microphone is approximately six feet away from the performer. We will notify you within approx. two weeks of your application for acceptance into the program. Priority deadline for submission is April 1, 2020.

Click here to apply and upload your audio/video

Participants arrive on campus beginning Sunday, June 28 at 12 p.m. and we will begin with classes/workshops at 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday classes will be held from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. each day and Thursday the final participant concert will be at 7 p.m.. In the evenings 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.

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.

Accommodations from Sunday June 28 through Thursday July 2 are in either single- or double-occupancy, 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! For those travelling from far away, we can arrange an extra night of accommodations, if needed.

Click here to learn more about housing and meals

“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


    • $521 | overnight, meals & double-occupancy, air-conditioned room included
    • $545 | overnight, meals & single-occupancy air-conditioned room included
    • $382 | commuter (no housing), lunch & dinner included
    • registration includes tuition, all cane for reed making, a camp t-shirt, Sunday pizza party and Wednesday ice cream social


Step 1 | Apply (see above for details)

Click here to apply & upload your audio/video

Step 2 | Pay once accepted

Coming soon!


Camp Instructors

Camp Faculty

Dr. Lindabeth Binkley, Associate Professor of Oboe, Central Michigan University

Dr. Carrie Vecchione, Oboe Instructor, MacPhail Center for Music

Dr. Alex Widstrand, Teaching Artist, St. Ambrose University



Contact Dr. Christa Garvey | | 715.836.3390

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