USA Double Reed Day

USA Double Reed Day


 USA Double Reed Day

This year's USA Double Reed Day was on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 here at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center!  We enjoyed having Jaren and Benjamin Atherholt as this year's guest artists, and look forward to next year -- stay tuned for 2020 details!

Ben and Jaren AtherholtAt each year's Double Reed Day, our featured guest artists lead master classes, reed making workshops, and gave a guest artist recital. All participants make reeds, play double reed chamber music together, and get the opportunity to meet and work with other double reed players throughout the Gulf Coast region. This event is a great chance to get to spend time with other oboists and bassoonists (since we are so often few and far between), to learn from each other, commiserate about our reeds, and to further enrich and strengthen our skills and our musicianship. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend!

USA Double Reed Day

If you have any questions, please contact the event host, Dr. Mindock!
USA Double Reed Day 2017 Large Ensemble

 About the Artists

Ben Atherholt

Benjamin Atherholt, bassoon guest artist
Noted for playing the bassoon “with such a smooth tone…it reached the ears like a gentle summer breeze” by Twin Cities Arts Reader, Benjamin Atherholt enjoys a versatile career as chamber musician, educator, and orchestral musician. Ben plays Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Contrabassoon with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 2006 & 2015 respectively. He is the bassoonist and primary composer and arranger for Lyrica Baroque and has been the Instructor of Bassoon at Loyola since 2010. Ben plays a Mollenhauer Contrabassoon and a Heckel Bassoon and holds a B.M. in performance and composition from Oberlin Conservatory.


Jaren Atherholt

Jaren Atherholt, oboe guest artist
Jaren Atherholt is the Principal Oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since 2007. She is also the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Jaren left home at the age of sixteen to pursue oboe study at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Daniel Stolper. After graduating from Interlochen, she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with John Mack and a master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she studied with Robert Atherholt.

Prior to obtaining her position with the LPO, Jaren spent two seasons as Principal Oboist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She has performed as guest Principal Oboist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony and Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City. She has also performed as guest Associate Principal Oboist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Jaren has been a featured concerto soloist with the LPO, Tulane University Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and the Fairbanks Symphony.

Jaren spends her summers performing in the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, and Spoleto Festival USA. She also previously served on the faculty of the John Mack Oboe Camp, Wintergreen Music Festival and the Vianden International Music School and Festival in Vianden, Luxembourg, and four summers as a member of the Interlochen Oboe Institutes faculty, teaching with Linda Strommen, Elaine Douvas and Daniel Stolper.

An active chamber musician, Jaren spent four summers performing in the Marlboro Music Festival. She has also performed for the Grand Teton Music Festival Winter Chamber Series, A Far Cry, and is the founder and Executive Director of Lyrica Baroque, a chamber ensemble and non profit organization based in New Orleans. Jaren enjoys practicing Ashtanga yoga in her free time under the guidance and instruction of Melanie Fawer. She is married to Ben Atherholt, whom she met at Rice University. Jaren and Ben enjoy spending time with their two dogs, Rocky and Jessie.


Rebecca Mindock

Rebecca Mindock, event host
Dr. Mindock's bio can be found on her faculty page here. She's been hosting Double Reed Days annually at USA since she joined the faculty in 2010, and is greatly looking forward to having all of you on campus for what should be another fun and enriching event!

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