Double Reed Day March 8, LSU School of Music

BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Music will host the Third Annual LSU Double Reed Day, “A Tribute to Earnie Harrison,” on Saturday, March 8. Events include master classes in oboe and bassoon, instructions on reed making and a grand recital featuring nationally known performers and LSU School of Music faculty Johanna Cox and Darrel Hale.


The list of guest artists features notable oboe and bassoon artists from leading music programs. These include Richard Killmer, professor of oboe at the Eastman School of Music; Mark Ostoich, professor of oboe at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music; Dan Ross, professor of oboe at Arkansas State University; and Kristen Wolfe-Jensen, professor of bassoon at the University of Texas at Austin. LSU School of Music faculty Johanna Cox, associate professor of oboe, and Darrel Hale, visiting assistant professor of bassoon, will join these guest artists to lead master classes and reed-making classes, and perform in the Grand Finale Concert at 3:30 p.m. in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall.


This year’s Double Reed Day is a tribute to the late LSU professor of oboe Earnie Harrison, a legendary teacher and oboist who served on the music faculty from 1966-1986.  Former colleagues, friends and students of Harrison are invited to contribute stories, photos and remembrances of Harrison for the program book. Contact Cox at for more information. The Grand Finale Concert is a fundraiser for the Earnie Harrison Oboe Scholarship Fund.


The $40 registration fee for Double Reed Day includes lunch provided by the Jambalaya Shoppe, an event T-shirt and a ticket to the closing recital with performances by LSU faculty and guest artists. All participants are invited to browse the exhibitor booths from Midwest Musical Imports and Carlos Coelho Woodwinds. Those in attendance can try out instruments, bocals, and purchase reed-making equipment without having to pay shipping costs. Participants can also register to for free prizes from Midwest Musial Imports and Carlos Coelho Woodwinds, including a reed-making kit.


Schedule of events:

9:30 a.m. – Check-in, exhibits open

10-11 a.m. – High School Master Classes

11 a.m. – Noon – Reed-making classes for college and high school students

Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch from The Jambalaya Shoppe; exhibits open

1-2:30 p.m. – College master classes led by Mark Ostoich and Kristen Wolfe-Jensen

2:30 -3:30 p.m. – Mixed double-reed ensemble led by Richard Killmer

3:30 p.m. – Grand Finale Concert, “A Tribute to Earnie Harrison”


Questions about Double Reed Day events can be sent to Cox at or Hale at


To register for Double Reed Day, or to donate or find out more about how to support the Earnie Harrison Oboe Scholarship Fund, visit

via LSU School of Music Hosts Double Reed Day March 8.

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