Department of Performing and Visual Arts to host Double Reed Day on Nov. 2

October 23, 2013
Dr. Laura Medisky
Dr. Jacqueline Wilson

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host Double Reed Day on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event is open to the public, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is designed to provide specialized instruction for double reed enthusiasts of all ages. Double reed instruments are woodwind instruments that have a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together when played, such as the bassoon and oboe.

Led by Dr. Laura Medisky and Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, both double reed faculty at UW-Platteville, the day includes a morning and afternoon double reed rehearsal on the Center for the Arts stage, exhibits, master classes that involve students receiving instruction by Medisky and Wilson and then performing in front of an audience, special classes that address topics specifically related to bassoons and oboes and more.

The day will conclude with a final concert performance that includes all Double Reed Day participants as well as UW-Platteville double reed faculty members on the Center for the Arts stage. Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands and professor of music at UW-Platteville, will direct the performance. The repertoire will be a variety of classical music written for double reed instruments. Traditionally, bassoon and oboe are played with classical music from the Baroque period in the 17th century through modern day.

“This event is an excellent way to begin establishing a double reed community in the tri-state area,” said Medisky. “It will provide an opportunity for those who genuinely love to play double reed instruments to not only learn more about the instruments and perform beautiful music, but to make connections with others who share their love for and appreciation of double reed instruments.”

“Double reed instruments can be difficult to master without instruction,” said Wilson. “We are excited to use our training to provide double reed enthusiasts with resources that they might not have access to otherwise.”

Medisky has been teaching oboe for 20 years. “It is a challenging instrument, but that is one of the reasons it is so rewarding,” said Medisky. “There is always something more to learn and discover about playing the oboe. I try to foster a foundation for beautiful tone and solid technique while helping my students develop into independent musicians.”

Wilson began playing the bassoon when she was 16 years old. “The bassoon is unique in its flexibility; it can be a tenor, baritone, or bass voice, depending on the circumstances,” said Wilson. “I love being able to play a variety of characters with my instrument.”

For more information about Double Reed Day or to register for the event online, go to The registration fee is $20 for those who register by Thursday, Oct. 24 and $25 for those who register by Friday, Oct. 25 or later. Registration is also available at the door.

Contact: Laura Medisky, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 239-9885 or (608) 342-1143,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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