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04/30/2014

How to Buy a Used Oboe

When it comes time to purchase an oboe, upgrade from your student model, or just find a back-up for your main instrument, buying a brand new oboe may not be financially feasible. We certainly understand the constraints attached to purchasing an instrument and we are proud to offer a wide selection of used oboes in all […]

Trial Shipping Rebate

December 12th, 2014 by

In the market for a new or new to you instrument?  Now is the time to buy!  We’re offering a shipping rebate on your next instrument trial.  Now through January 31st, 2015 when you set up an instrument trial.  If you purchase an instrument from your trial we will refund your shipping charges or apply those charges toward the purchase of your instrument!  For further details you can speak with one of instrumental specialists at any time by calling 800.926.5587.

Now’s the time to buy!

*Valid only on standard UPS ground shipping only.  Expedited shipping charges still apply*

Free Shipping!

December 11th, 2014 by

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy free standard domestic shipping on all online & phone accessory orders now through January 5th, 2015!


ANCIA Saxophone Quartet Festive Evening w/ Libby Larsen

December 11th, 2014 by

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ANCIA Saxophone Quartet
Festive Evening with Libby Larsen

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul

Please join us for an evening of wonderful music by the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet. Libby Larsen will speak about her new composition for saxophone quartet, Confluence, commissioned by ANCIA. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and festive holiday refreshments will be available for your enjoyment. This is a fundraising event to support the creation of Confluence.
Confluence will be premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, July 2015.
ANCIA has been an advocate for new music since the group’s inception almost 25 years ago. We connected with Libby last year and discussed our mutual interest in working together.
About Confluence… One of the major themes of my work over the past 30 years is human relationship to our natural world. From 1983 to today, I have taken every opportunity I can to compose music which moves performers and listeners to think about themselves in relation to the Earth and their responsibilities as stewards of sustainability. For the ANCIA saxophone quartet, I have planned a work which deals with confluences of rivers. – Libby Larsen
Donations at every level are greatly appreciated. 
 
SUGGESTED DONATION LEVELS
$50
$100 (donors at this level will receive special mention in the score)
$500 (donors at this level will receive an autographed copy of the score and special mention in the score).
Please RSVP to info@anciaquartet.com
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND but would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the commission of Confluence, please click here to donate or send a check made out to “Springboard for the Arts” with ANCIA Quartet in the memo line to:
ANCIA Quartet
4811 35th Ave.
Mpls., MN 55417
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Contact us at info@anciaquartet.com

Zeitgeist’s Eric Stokes Song Contest

December 3rd, 2014 by

For our Minneapolis and St. Paul area residents, this is an interesting song-writing/compositional opportunity from our friends at Studio Z in St. Paul. Original post: http://www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org/eric-stokes-song-contest.php

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Zeitgeist presents the 20th Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest

The brainchild of the late composer and longtime Zeitgeist friend and supporter Eric Stokes, the Eric Stokes Song Contest (named in his honor after his death in 1999) was developed to encourage and celebrate amateur music-making to increase appreciation of the music of our time. The annual Eric Stokes Song Contest solicits “songs” (any type of musical composition) from amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. We average 50–70 entries each year, and entrants have ranged from age 4 to 89.

Entries are separated into two categories: youth (up to age 17) and adult, and are then adjudicated by an outside panel. In selecting the jury we choose three to four people who represent a diverse range of artistic perspectives, often including a winner from one of the previous contests. Judges will choose 3 songs for Zeitgeist to arrange for their instrumentation of piano, clarinet and 2 percussion. Winning songs will be performed at Zeitgeist’s “Playing it Close to Home” concerts March 13-15. Winners also receive $100 plus a one-year membership to the American Composers Forum. In the past, winning compositions have encompassed musical styles ranging from jazz to gospel to high modernist.

Entering is easy. Please send a legible score and/or high-quality recording (please indicate whether adult or youth and include address, phone number, and email, plus a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned), postmarked by Jan. 5, 2015 to:

Zeitgeist
275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55101

Winners will be notified by Feb. 2, 2015. For more information, please contact Zeitgeist at 651-755-1600 or info(AT)zeitgeistnewmusic.org.

“Music is for the people. For all of us, the dumb, the deaf, the dog & jays, handclappers, dancing moon watchers, brainy puzzlers, abstracted whistlers, finger-snapping time keepers, crazy, weak, hurt, weed keepers, the strays. The land of music is everyone’s nation—her tune, his beat, your drum, one song, one vote.”   -Eric Stokes

This activity is made possible with support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.


Meet our newest repair technician, Ginny Dodge

November 24th, 2014 by

We are very pleased to announce that Ginny Dodge has joined our repair staff!  Ginny comes to us from the East Coast, where she was a repair technician at Charles Double Reed Company.  She is a graduate of the Red Wing Band Instrument Repair Program, and holds a degree in music from Ithaca College.  Ginny studied oboe with Alison Kreiling-Franco, Richard Killmer, and Paige Morgan.

Ginny is a NAPBIRT member, where she is on the editorial staff for NAPBIRT’s bimonthly Technicom. In her free time you can find her perfecting the family pumpkin pie recipe, considering learning to skateboard or trying her hand at folding mediocre origami animals. Relocating to Minneapolis affirms her love for snow, Jucy Lucys and wind chills that momentarily paralyze the windpipe.


Join us for Small Business Saturday!

November 24th, 2014 by

Don’t forget about your local small businesses during the biggest shopping weekend of the year!  Small Business Saturday is this weekend–November 29th.   Please join us from 10-2pm CST.  Thank you for supporting small businesses like us!!

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Thanksgiving Hours and Free Shipping!

November 20th, 2014 by

It’s that time of year again – time to break out the turkey and enjoy some relaxing time off!  We may not be in the office Thursday and Friday of next week but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab your stocking stuffers in our online store and enjoy FREE domestic shipping 11/27/14 – 12/1/14!  Get an early start on your shopping and enjoy shipping on us.

We will be Closed:

Thursday November 27th, 2014

Friday November 28th, 2014

Normal business hours will resume on Saturday November 29th from 10 – 2 pm (Central Time)  Please join us on Saturday for Small Business Saturday!


From the Pros – Nathan Hughes, Principal Oboe Metropolitan Opera, Faculty The Juilliard School

November 12th, 2014 by

Midwest Musical Imports has always held close relationships with many prominent solo and orchestral players throughout the world.  Whether they’re trying instruments, hand-selecting instruments for sale, purchasing accessories, or just stopping in for a visit we are always pleased to work with these phenomenal musicians.

In our oboe department we work closely with a number of players who hand-select instruments and are always willing to offer tips and advice for any aspiring oboist. Nathan Hughes, principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Oboe Faculty at The Juilliard School, is one such player that which we have a close working relationship with here at Midwest Musical Imports.  Considered to be one of the leading orchestral players as well as a sought after pedagog, Mr. Hughes’ experience and expertise as a player and performing artist is highly valued and we are grateful for the partnership we share with him!

In a recent series of videos produced for the New World Symphony, Mr. Hughes offers advice on a variety of subjects ranging from articulation, phrasing, and audition preparation.  We’ll be featuring these videos over the coming months as part of an information resource for oboists!

Video #1 – Double-Tonguing

video courtesy of the New World Symphony Orchestra


Wolf and Wolf-Grundmann Bassoon Bocals

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Wolf and Wolf-Grundmann Bassoon Bocals

Bassoon bocals made by Wolf have caught on very quickly because of their exceptional response, powerful sound, and excellent price point. We carry a wide variety of different options of bocals from Wolf, and all of the variables result in hundreds of possible configurations. This can be confusing. We generally suggest that you pick a length that is appropriate for intonation for you, and ignore the other variables and decide on a bocal on its own merits, rather than on the theoretical aspects of the metal, bore, plating, thickness, etc. Once you have a bocal you like, you can use this guide to understand what it is that you’ve selected. Read the rest of this entry »


Introducing the Selmer Présence Clarinets

October 14th, 2014 by

We have two brand new Bb Selmer Presence clarinets by SeleS in stock and ready to go out on trial.  Selmer has finally manufactured a great professional clarinet at a more affordable price so contact Brandon at brandon@mmimports.com or 1(800)926-5587  if you would like to give them a try.

Selmer Présence clarinets

Selmer says:

Henri SELMER Paris unveils, under the new brand SeleS, a never before seen clarinet called Présence.

Thanks to its innovative bore design, this clarinet has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of emission, exceptional homogeneity and above all an instrument that is easy to play.

The sound of the Présence clarinet is a mix of harmonic richness, and timbre; essential characteristics to the instrument. Also, the research done on the position and size of the tone holes has given this clarinet unrivalled intonation.

Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort.

Selmer Présence clarinets are available in B-flat and A with two keywork finishes available: silver and nickel. An E-flat lever is also available as an option.

The grenadilla wood is selected, delicately worked, naturally treated, lacquered and waterproofed for a protection and finish at the top of its class. This clarinet comes equipped with Valentino pads, preferred by many clarinetists and recommended by experienced repairers for their seal, stability and durability.


I definitely plan to send my oboe to the repair techs at MMI in the future. I don't think my oboe has played this well since I've purchased it!