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New Hand-Selected F. Loree Oboes
November 13th, 2012 by Jeff
We’re pleased to announce the arrival of new F. Loree oboes hand-selected in Paris by Dwight Parry (scroll down to read his bio)! We’re proud to carry only the finest Loree oboes and have a wonderful stock of Standard Regular bore, Standard AK bore, Royal Regular bore, and Royal AK bore oboes available. Contact Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 for trial information and availability. These wonderful oboes are simply not to be missed!
Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2006-2007, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and before that was a fellow in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin. Originally from Southern California, he found his passion for music studying piano, voice, and jazz saxophone, but it was not until his sophomore year of high school that he began playing the oboe. Dwight received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and his Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack.
In addition to his love for orchestral playing, Dwight enjoys performing as a soloist, both with orchestra and in recital. Concerto appearances have included the works of Mozart, Strauss, Goossens, Haydn, Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Barber, Marcello and Vaughn-Williams. He is currently a member of the Cincinnati-based chamber group Concert:Nova and regularly performs Bach cantatas at St. Thomas Episcopal with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble. Dwight has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently faculty at Northern Kentucky University and maintains a private teaching studio. In June 2013, he will be teaching at the John Mack Oboe Camp in North Carolina.
Dwight was kind enough to enlighten us with his criteria when he is choosing an oboe:
1. When selecting an oboe, what are the most important factors you take into consideration?
A great oboe is in tune with itself, has an even, clean tone with homogenous color throughout it’s range, and seals very well with excellent keywork, making all the notes speak without having to fight. Loree doesn’t make bad oboes, so it was a challenge choosing instruments in Paris that stood out from the crowd! In selecting these instruments for Midwest Musical Imports, my job then was not about choosing good from bad; it was about identifying the oboes that have what I subjectively look for in an oboe because of how I want to sound and how I want the instrument to feel.
2. What characteristics do you look for in an oboe?
Among a pool of really great instruments, there is still variety in tone quality, resistance, and general feel. I want my oboes to have a dark, full and dense tone, but still have lots of ring and color for a resonant, ‘complete’ sound. I’m not sure how to describe the resistance I want, but it’s a matter of instinct and feel. It has to be in the Goldilocks zone of just the right amount and I know it when I play it! Loree oboes all have excellent keywork, so that part was easy, but I picked the ones where my technique felt the most lithe and facile and there weren’t any problems with low notes speaking or tuning issues.
3. What was the highlight of your time at Loree?
The highlight of my time in Paris was having lunch and conversation with Alain de Gourdon and Olivier Chanu of Loree. We talked about how Loree is a family company and how the instruments they make and the people who play them are all a part of that family. They were very warm and welcoming and I left feeling even more proud to play Lorees.
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