Due to the incoming Winter storm, we will be CLOSED today – Monday January 22nd – for the safety of our staff.
We will reopen at our normal business time at 9am central tomorrow, Tuesday January 23rd at which time we’ll be able to take care of all emails and voicemails.
Thank you for you patience and understanding. Don’t forget, our online shop is always open!
-The MMI Staff
Just in time for back-to-school, we’re pleased to offer savings on select Marigaux instruments! Right now, we’re offering $500 off the normal list price of all Marigaux 2001 and M2 models. We have a full selection of instruments available for trial and ready to go. Contact Jeff or Steven in the oboe department at 800.926.5587 for additional details, availability, and trial procedures.
Semi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.
Extended G key, G# and long F keys re- designed (more ergonomical)
Adjustment screw which lowers D ring to facilitate D to G slide (top octave)
Right hand little finger: C, C#, Eb re-designed; C, C# slide facilitated
Pads: low register 3 pads (B,C,D) made of white leather to prevent buzzing
Individual choice of head joints
3 head-joint lenghts available : short, standard and long
Happy Labor Day!
Our Holiday hours will be as follows –
Saturday 9/2/17 – CLOSED
Sunday 9/3/17 – CLOSED
Monday 9/4/17 – CLOSED
Normal business hours will resume at 9 am central time on Tuesday 9/5/17
The Fox Sayen – A New American Tradition
These wonderful oboes by Fox Products are a stellar addition to an already diverse market of professional level instruments for the aspiring or already successful professional oboist. We are pleased to offer a new selection of these spectacular oboes for trial! As part of our back-to-school events here at Midwest Musical Imports, we’re now offering additional savings on these instruments including a shipping rebate and an additional $200 off the Fox Sayens! Contact Jeff or Steven in the Oboe department at 800.926.5587 for trial information and availability.
Fox Sayen Artists
Aaron Hill – Professor of Oboe, University of Wisconsin Madison
Professor Hill serves on the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching oboe and performing with the Wingra Wind Quintet. Prior to moving to Madison, he lived in Virginia for eight years, teaching oboe and chamber music at the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music and James Madison University School of Music along with serving as principal oboe in the Charlottesville Symphony and English horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, he performs as principal oboe with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Virginia.
Hill earned his bachelor of music degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan, where he played principal oboe on William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience with Leonard Slatkin, a recording for Naxos that won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. He also holds a master of music degree and an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Thomas Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Outstanding Woodwind Performance. He completed his doctor of musical arts degree in performance, pedagogy, and literature at James Madison University. He also holds additional pedagogical certifications from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning and Marianne Ploger’s Institute of Musical Perception. His oboe teachers include Nancy Ambrose King, Richard Killmer, and David Weiss.
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione – Principal Oboe, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Principal Oboe Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. She currently holds the George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair.
In addition to her responsibilities with the ASO, Ms. Tiscione plays Principal Oboe at the Grand Teton Music Festival and is a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players. She has performed as a guest musician with the orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, St. Paul, Baltimore, Rochester, Buffalo, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent solo engagements include the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top,” and has also performed at many chamber music festivals throughout the country, including Tannery Pond, Cape Cod, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Standard Features of the Fox Sayens
- Select grenadilla body
- Nickel silver lined tenon sockets
- Nickel silver caps for upper and lower tenon shoulders
- Key work made of nickel silver with heavy silver plating
- Nickel silver with gold plated posts and bands
- Stainless steel arbors
- Stainless steel wire springs
- Teflon tipped stainless steel adjusting screws
- High quality cork pads throughout
- Adjustable thumb rest
- Full conservatory system
- Left hand F key
- F resonance mechanism
- F (sharp) key tab
- B tab, Articulated C (sharp) mechanism
- A (flat)-B (flat) trill with A height adjustment
- G(sharp)-A trill key
- Low C-C (sharp) trill key
- Assembly key C-D and B-C (sharp) trills
- Low B (flat) key with bridge adjustment screw
- Low B (flat) resonance vent
- Third octave key
- Split D ring mechanism
- Philadelphia high D key
- Hand-made French style professional leather case
- Sheepskin lined case cover
- Leather three-reed case
- Silk swab, cork grease
- Grenadilla tenon cork caps
Please come visit us at this year’s International Double Reed Society Convention in Appleton, Wisconsin! We’ll have a full selection of instruments, bocals, and accessories to try and purchase. Come by and say hi to bassoonists Jessica & Katie, oboists Jeff & Steven, as well as free repairs offered at our table by Eric, Virginia, and Allen.
We’ll have oboes and english horns by Loree, Marigaux, Fox, Howarth, Yamaha, & Buffet. Bassoons by Fox, Wolf, & Puchner. Bocals for English horn by Hiniker and Loree as well as Bassoon bocals by Heckel, Yamaha, Puchner, and Fox!
We’ll see you in Appleton!
In honor of Memorial Day, we will be closed the following hours –
Saturday May 27th – Closed
Sunday May 28th – Closed
Monday May 29th – Closed
Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday May 30th at 9am central time.
Now available! Teaching studios and recital hall for rent! Our recital hall has great acoustics, a baby grand piano, and seating for 60!
Rates are: $10/hour for studio use.
Recital Hall use:
$20/hour for rehearsal during business hours
$25/hour for performance during business hours
$50/hour for performance after hours
Please inquire with Jessica for more details. Jessica@mmimports.com 612-331-4717
Recital hall with audience seating, dimmable lighting, and a baby grand piano.
One of the studio rooms
We’re pleased to offer new, lower prices on all professional models of Püchner bassoons! Contact Jessica or Katie in the bassoon department to inquire about the new pricing and current availability.
Model 6000 – Traditional or Antique Finish
Curly mountain maple, divided long joint, silver-plated mechanism, 13 sterling silver keys – wing joint: one ring and whisper key – boot joint: one ring, F, F#, Ab keys, G spatula, Bb E, F# and Ab spatula – long joint: C# and Eb spatula
Waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high-D key, high-E key, E-F# trill, Eb key on wing joint, double spatula for high E, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from lowE key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, Ab-Bb trill key (boot joint) with multifunctional possibilities to trill, double C# key on boot joint, C# key with angular link, adjusting screw on Bb key (long joint) to optimize intonation of low register, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets
Gliding roller on whisper-key mechanism, on link between low-E key and whisper-key mechanism, on B and Bb key on long joint
Double C spatula, balance hanger
15 “mother-of-pearl” rollers – wing joint: one each on whisper key and C# key – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two each on low-E key and F# key for thumb, one on Ab key for right thumb – long joint: one each on C# key, D# key, low-D key and low-C key
Five finger-holes and one tone-hole lined with sterling silver tubes extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined, nylon-lined pivot screw keys, engraving “SUPERIOR” on ferrule of wing joint.
Model 5000 – Traditional or Antique, standard or compact
Professional, curly mountain maple in dark-red finish, silver-plated mechanism, waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high D key, high E key, E-F# trill, Eb key on wing joint, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low-E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, Ab-Bb trill key on boot joint for right thumb, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets
13 rollers – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two each on low E key and F# key for thumb, one on Ab key for right thumb – long joint: one each on C# key, D# key, low-D key and low-C key
Five finger-holes and one tone-hole rubber-lined extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing-joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber-lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined, nylon-lined pivot screw keys.
Professional, curly mountain maple in dark-red finish, silver-plated mechanism, waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high-D key, high-E key, E-F# trill, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low-E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets
Nine rollers – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two on low-E key, one on F# key for thumb – long joint: one each on C# key and D# key
Five finger-holes and one tone-hole rubber-lined extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber-lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined.
We are thrilled to welcome internationally renowned artist and chamber musician, Nicholas Daniel for a Masterclass and recital here at Midwest Musical Imports on Saturday March 25th, 2017 from 2:30 -5:30 pm!
Mr. Daniel will give a brief recital and then work with several area college students. The event is jointly sponsored by Marigaux Paris and Midwest Musical Imports. We will have Marigaux oboes to play before and after the event. We will also have a reception with snacks post masterclass. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to hear and work with this amazing musician!
Nicholas Daniel – Oboe and Conductor
Nicholas Daniel’s long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. As one of the UK’s most distinguished soloists, he has become an important ambassador for music in many different fields. In recognition of this, he was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music.
Nicholas has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, working under conductors such as Edward Gardner, Sakari Oramo, Roger Norrington, Jiri Belohlavek, Mark Wigglesworth, James MacMillan and Mark Elder. In addition to his experience in Baroque music, he has premiered works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, Thea Musgrave, John Tavener, James MacMillan and Michael Tippett. His recording of oboe concertos by Vaughan Williams and MacMillan was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award in 2016.
He is oboist with Britten Sinfonia and Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He teaches in the UK and in Germany, where is he Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule, Trossingen
He made his conducting debut at the 2004 BBC Proms with Britten Sinfonia. He has conducted many projects with the orchestra over 20 years, including many new works, and recently conducted orchestras in Finland and Norway.
An active chamber musician, Nicholas is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, whose debut disc will be released on the Harmonia Mundi label early 2017. He also regularly works with the pianists Charles Owen and Julius Drake, and with the Carducci and Vogler String Quartets.
Nicholas plays a Marigaux 901 FSC model, the first Oboe anywhere in the world to be certified as fairly traded by the Forestry Stewardship Council.
As part of Grand Opening celebration on March 10th & 11th, we are excited to announce we will be giving away a brand new Buffet Tradition Bb Clarinet. On Saturday afternoon March 11, Minnesota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Gabriel Campos Zamora will give a brief recital and directly after we will hold a drawing to win the Buffet Tradition. A huge thank you to Buffet-Crampon for their generous donation of the instrument for our Grand Opening celebration.
No purchase necessary, winner must be present when names are drawn to win. Must stop by the store to try the instrument before the 3pm recital on Sat, March 11. Contact Brandon or Tori in the Clarinet department at 800.926.5587 for additional details.
Come join us for this exciting event and win a new clarinet!