Midwest Musical Imports Blog
November 10th, 2017 by Tori Okwabi
We are excited to announce that Ramón Wodkowski will be in Minnesota November 13-16, 2017. He will be visiting the clarinet studios at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College on Monday, Nov. 13 to give a lecture about his unique craft. On Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 16 Ramón will be in the Recital Hall at Midwest Musical Imports from 9am-5pm.
Please email Tori at Tori@mmimports.com or call the store at 612-331-4717 to schedule a 30 minute to 1 hour appointment with Ramón. He will have his line of customizable mouthpieces available and will also be able to reface your current mouthpiece. Time slots may fill up fast so don’t wait to make an appointment!
Ramón Wodkowski is the leading clarinet mouthpiece craftsman of his generation, having garnered international acclaim from many of the world’s leading soloists, orchestral musicians and teachers.
A native of Michigan, Ramón graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy before earning his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music. Ramón became interested in mouthpiece design whilst at Yale, and pursued studies in mouthpiece crafting with James Kanter and Everett Matson.
Ramón’s interest in the British clarinet tradition led him to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he gained an Artist Diploma, won the prestigious Frederick Thurston prize, and was subsequently awarded the 2005-06 David Bowerman Junior Fellowship.
A professional clarinetist himself, Ramón understands what players need from a mouthpiece, and his in-depth knowledge and experience with both the American and European clarinet traditions provides him the versatility to customize each mouthpiece to suit its owner’s individual playing style.
To learn more about Ramón please visit his website at www.ramonwodkowski.com
September 22nd, 2017 by Jeff
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
September 15th, 2017 by Jessica
You’re invited!! FREE!!
Reception following the class
Large selection of oboes and English horns for trial
Free small repairs
Emily Brebach joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing English horn and oboe in the fall of 2012.
Ms. Brebach, a Philadelphia native, has performed with several orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. In past summers, she has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival. Prior to joining the ASO, Ms. Brebach held the position of English horn and oboe with the Sarasota Orchestra.
Ms. Brebach holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and studied with Louis Rosenblatt, James Caldwell, Robert Atherholt, and Robert Walters. She is an Artist Affiliate Instructor of Oboe at Emory University, a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program and maintains an active private studio in her home. Ms. Brebach has also given masterclasses and reedmaking seminars at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of South Carolina, and the North Carolina School for the Arts. She spends her summers in residence at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC, as English horn and oboe as well as artist faculty.
We look forward to seeing you at this great, FREE event!! RSVP here!
September 11th, 2017 by Jessica
Mini-recital with works by Bach, Mignone & Winstead
Reception following the class
Large selection of bassoons and bocals for trial
Free small repairs
Darrel Hale is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Louisiana State University and the Principal Bassoon of Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he also performs regularly as a member of the Timm Wind Quintet and the Conundrum Reed Trio. Before joining the faculty at LSU, Mr. Hale serviced as the Acting Principal of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Bassoon of the Kentucky and Springfield Orchestras. His teachers include Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Per Hannevold, and William Winstead.
We look forward to seeing you at this great, FREE event!!
September 8th, 2017 by Jessica
August 30th, 2017 by Jeff
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
August 18th, 2017 by Jeff
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
June 30th, 2017 by Jessica
Ginny’s going away doughnuts. (They spell out good luck, Ginny!) =)
I am sad to inform you that repair technician, Ginny Dodge’s last day is today. We are very sad to see her go and will miss her around the shop!! Not only is she a fabulous repair technician, but we’ll miss her jokes, laughter, whistling and bubbly personality. Ginny, we wish you nothing but success in your future endeavors and since you are now part of the MMI family, we expect you to come back and visit! =) Best of luck to you!! –Jessica and the MMI staff
Ginny and Jessica with Ginny’s going away doughnuts.
To our MMI family-
I’d like to personally let you know that as of July 1st, I will no longer be repairing at Midwest Musical Imports. I will be moving to the Detroit, MI area to be with my fiancé and begin our next step of life together. I would like to impress that my time working for Midwest has been some of the best years of my life to date! That is due largely in part to the amazing community of woodwind players that we serve through the store. From double reed days to the annual IDRS conference to our in-store interactions, it has been an honor and a privilege to offer service to your instruments. If you’d like to keep in touch or let me know of your performances in Michigan, I would love to continue supporting your art in any way I can! My email is email@example.com or you can reach me via phone at 585.245.4305. In the mean time, I’ll be saving my pennies to see you all in Grenada at next year’s IDRS conference! Be well and keep up the amazing artistry. We’re lucky to have all of you in our lives here at MMI!
Also, pass the tissues.
We will miss you, Ginny!!! Best of luck!!!
June 29th, 2017 by Jessica
We currently have 2 brand new Fox 680 and 1 Fox 685 bassoons in stock and on sale!! These are lovely instruments and are waiting to find their new homes! All of them are in the mountain maple and come with the following options: High F key, Rotary whisper lock, Ab/Bb trill key, Double low C plate, Left hand D-Eb trill key, A-Whisper key bridge. This is Fox’s newest design. A thick walled bass and bell give you power and projection in the lower register, while the thin walled wing joint provides an easy, singing response in the upper register.
Current Fox artists playing the 680 include: Kristen Wolfe Jensen, Ted Soluri, Albie Micklich, and the Breaking Winds. Fox artist Matthias Racz plays on a Fox 685.
These instruments pair very well with a brand new Heckel bocal! Purchase any of our new bassoons and a new Heckel bocal at the same time and we will discount the Heckel bocal to $750. (A $325 savings!) Jessica and Katie have expertly paired Heckel bocals with 680s and 685s, and are happy to help you find the perfect match for your style of playing.
These fully featured bassoons are on sale for a discounted cash/check price of $26,500. Call today to take one on trial!!!
June 28th, 2017 by Jessica
We are excited to be a part of ClarinetFest 2017!! The annual clarinet convention will take place in Orlando, FL from July 26-29. Tori recently returned from Buffet, where she and Richie Hawley hand-selected an amazing assortment of clarinets that will be available for trial. Also available will be Epplesheim’s Contrabass clarinet for testing. One of our repair technicians will be doing free repairs throughout the show. A large variety of accessories will also be available for sale. And if all of this isn’t enough, stop by to see Tori, Brandon, and Jessica’s smiling faces!! =)
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