Double Reed Day

The Shepherd University Department of Music will host its annual DOUBLE REED DAY on Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the Frank Arts Center on the Shepherd Campus. The event is for "people who play" and "people who teach people to play" double reed instruments. The free one-day seminar is open to high school double reed players (grades 9-12), college students and instrumental music teachers and directors who have an interest in double reeds.

The day will be led by oboist Gregory Shook, Applied Professor of Oboe at Shepherd University, and bassoonist Richard Polonchak, Applied Professor of Bassoon at Shepherd University. Together with Anne Munro, Applied Professor of Flute at Shepherd University, both perform regularly with Shepherd University's new faculty wind trio, Shepherd Three.

Mr. Shook has performed extensively in the tri-state and D.C. metropolitan areas, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera, the Washington Bach Consort and the Harrisburg Symphony, in addition to pit orchestras at the National and Warner Theaters. In addition to his numerous performances as a solo and chamber music recitalist, Mr. Shook is co-founder and Music Director for Hagerstown Choral Arts, an auditioned choral group of 100 singers. He is a frequent workshop clinician and guest conductor in the area.

Mr. Polonchak was the former Principal Bassoonist of The United States Marine Band "The President's Own" and of the White House Orchestra in Washington, D.C. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Woodwind World, The School Musician, The Double Reed and Bandworld Magazine. He is the author of Primary Handbook for Bassoon, the bassoon audio/text for Embou-sure, published by Western International Band Clinic, and is a contributing author to the upcoming Woodwind Players Cookbook.

The seminars will be devoted exclusively to working with oboe and bassoon performance techniques, the audition process and purchasing new and used instruments. The event will end with a Mass Double Reed Performance Ensemble open to all the participants who wish to play.

The seminar is free but registration is required. To print a registration form, please visit