Historical Woodwind Workshop

Aston Magna and Brandeis University are pleased to announce their sixth annual Historical Woodwind Workshop with Stephen Hammer, oboes, and Eric Hoeprich, clarinets. The workshop will be held June 28-July 3, 2015 at the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University, supplementing the Aston Magna festival concerts.  Aston Magna Concert Dates are yet to be announced for 2015.

About the Historical Woodwind Workshop

The workshop is a five-day, hands-on laboratory in historical woodwind techniques and practices, led by two leading performers and teachers:  Eric Hoeprich and Stephen Hammer.

Topics covered will include instrument setup, reed-making and adjustment, playing techniques and performance styles.

Participants may be either experienced early wind players or advanced modern instrumentalists who want to expand their horizons. They may choose to concentrate on Baroque or classical oboes and clarinets, or variants such as oboe d’amore or basset horn.

Daily activities will include group master classes, private lessons, small ensemble coaching, auditing Aston Magna rehearsals, communal lunches at the Brandeis faculty club, and visits to important instrument collections in the Boston area. There will be a participants’ concert at week’s end.

A few historical models will be available to borrow during the workshop.

Participant testimonials

“It is really amazing how much we did in one week: a museum, collection, workshop, watched rehearsals, student concert as well as a faculty concert, and of course group and private lessons.”

-- Elise B., emerging  professional clarinetist

“The standard of participants was high… and overall it was an excellent learning experience for me.”

-- Wai Kit L., computer programmer and avid amateur oboist

“The Brandeis campus provided a perfect venue for the workshop. There was ample parking and the music building had excellent practice and performance facilities. It was also a much appreciated bonus to have lunch provided in the faculty club – this was a great time to meet other students and faculty. All in all it was a great week and I look forward to more in the future.”

-- Owen W., professional oboist, clarinetist, and instrument builder

About the Instructors:

Clarinetist Eric Hoeprich

Eric Hoeprich

Eric Hoeprich has specialized in performing on historical clarinets for three decades. Educated at Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He is currently on the faculties of the Paris Conservatoire, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a founding member of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century, and he also founded two ensembles, the Staedler Trio and NACHTMUSIQUE, which have toured around the world. He has recorded many chamber works and concerti for major labels, and collaborates regularly with string quartets, chamber ensembles and vocal soloists. The recent release of clarinet quintets (Mozart, Brahms) with the London Haydn Quartet (Glossa), the three clarinet concertos by Bernhard Crusell with Kölner Akademie (ARS Production) and “Sei Sinfonia” by J.C. Bach with Nachtmusique (Glossa) have received wide critical acclaim. Mr. Hoeprich’s book “The Clarinet,” an exhaustive history, was published by Yale U. Press in 2008.

He has contributed articles to the New Grove Dictionary, and recently prepared the entry for “Clarinet” in Oxford Bibliographies Online. Over many years, he has amassed a collection of more than a hundred antique clarinets, which has also led to restoration and construction of replicas of period originals. He maintains a workshop for instrument making at his home near London.

Oboist Stephen Hammer

Stephen Hammer

Stephen Hammer is principal oboist of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, the Bach Ensemble, Concert Royal, the Clarion Music Society, the Arcadia Players and the Aston Magna festival; he also plays recorder with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and serves as artistic director of the Blue Hill Bach Festival in Maine. He has been featured soloist with Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Academy of Ancient Music and at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, Bruges, Regensburg, Bach-Sommer (Arnstadt), City of London, and BBC Proms festivals.

His more than 200 solo, chamber, obligato, and orchestral recordings appear on Decca l’Oiseau-lyre, EMI, Sony, CBS, Pro Arte, Dorian, Smithsonian, and many other labels. He teaches oboe, chamber music, and performance practice at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and has given courses in early woodwinds at Brandeis University and the rhetoric of Baroque performance at the Longy School of Music; Mr. Hammer collaborates with the instrument maker Joel Robinson in building replicas of historical oboes, their "Saxon" model oboe is one of the most popular designs in the world. He has also designed early oboes and shawms in collaboration with Jonathan Bosworth, has designed staples for historical oboes for the Chiarugi firm in Italy, and has worked with the machinist Robert Hubbard in California in designing shaper tips for Baroque and classical oboe.

Registration Information

2015 Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee $50
Workshop Tuition      
TBA - In 2014 it was $380
Optional Housing TBA - In 2014 it was $225

Some financial aid is available, based on need.

As part of the application process, participants should submit a CD, DVD, or Web link featuring two contrasting short pieces or excerpts of a one's choice.

Submit your performance recording to:

Summer School, MS 085
Brandeis University
P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA  02454-9110

Optional On-Campus Housing and Dining

Residence halls open for the Historical Woodwind Workshop at noon on Fri., June 26, 2015 and close at 5:00pm on Fri., July 3, 2015.

Summer students who choose to live on campus during the music workshop are housed in Ziv Quad in single, air-conditioned rooms. For those new to Brandeis during the summer, Ziv Quad has a suite-style design. Up to six students per suite are housed in individual bedrooms with two shared bathrooms and a large common room. All suites are designated as single gender. Coin operated laundry facilities can be found on the first floor. The building is elevator-equipped.

Student rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, and bureau. Personal essentials like bed linens (twin extra long), blankets, pillows, towels, waste baskets, alarm clocks, desk lamps, etc. are not provided. A shower caddy, shower shoes and bathrobe are also recommended.

Please note that the housing fee is for accommodations only and participants are responsible for their own meals. Campus accommodations do not have kitchen facilities, so please plan accordingly. Also, we are unable to offer accomodations to minors.

Waltham has many fine restaurants that will fit a variety of budgets and tastes. Additionally, all-you-care-to-eat dining is available in the Sherman Dining Hall. Sherman Dining Hall prices are approximately: $8.50 for breakfast, $10.90 for lunch and $14.69 for dinner. Prices subject to change without notice.

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