Masterclass - Nathan Hughes, Principal Oboe Metropolitan Opera

On Thursday evening August 22nd, we will be hosting a masterclass with Nathan Hughes - Principal oboist with the Metropolitan Opera and Oboe Instructor at The Juilliard School. The class will take place at 7 pm here at Midwest Musical Imports in our Recital Hall. This event will be free and open to the public for all to attend. No reservations are required, but space will be limited so plan to arrive early.

We are currently accepting participant applications for oboists both locally and nationally. This class is intended for students at the high school and collegiate levels however, talented students of any age will be considered. All applications will be reviewed by Mr. Hughes, and he will be making the final selections. The application window is now open and will close on July 15th.  Please review the following requirements -

  1. Application - Please follow the link to submit the application  https://form.jotform.com/91506114669156
  2. Letter of Recommendation - Brief letter of recommendation, emailed directly from your current private instructor to jeff@mmimports.com
  3. Recording -

A brief recording representing two contrasting styles of performance, lyrical and technical passages. We are looking for a brief representation of your playing. These recordings can be solo (unaccompanied), chamber music, recital, or ensemble. Mr. Hughes would like to hear all applicants as part of the selection process. While the quality of the recording is important, please keep in mind that this should be just enough of a sample that we are able to hear you.

All recordings and letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to jeff@mmimports.com. Recording submissions can be done either by emailing audio/video files directly to Jeff or through YouTube, DropBox, or Google Drive. Please supply any links or password access when submitting your recordings.

Selection:

All applications and components will be reviewed and selected by Mr. Hughes. We will be notifying selected candidates either by phone or email by August 1st, 2019. We will also be selecting a short wait list of applicants in the event selected participants are either unavailable or decline to attend. If you are applying from outside the state of Minnesota, travel reimbursement and lodging will be available to the selected participant.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the masterclass itself, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff either via email - jeff@mmimports.com, or phone - 800.926.5587.

We are looking forward to an amazing evening with Nathan Hughes, we hope you'll be able to attend!

 

3rd Annual Clarinet Day

We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual Clarinet Day at MMI!  April 13, 2019 from 10am-5pm.

Jonathan Gunn -clarinet professor from University of Texas - Austin, will be our featured guest artist. Jonathan will performing a small recital and giving a master class event.

Masterclass Participant Request:
- Participants will be selected based on repertoire and age. 4 performers will be selected by the artist; all decisions are final.
- Submissions can be made through the link below or by emailing your name, age, contract information and selected repertoire to tori@mmimports.com by EXTENDED DATE April 1, 2019 5:00pm.

Masterclass registration link

New! Solo Competitions
Performances open to the public

Junior division - ages 14-17:
§ 1st place = $200 cash price

§ 2nd place = $100 cash prize

§ 3rd place - $50 in-store credit

Senior division - ages 18- 26:
§ 1st place = $500 cash prize and invitation to attend Buffet's Clarinet Academy in July!

§ 2nd place = $200 cash prize

§ 3rd place = $100 cash prize

Submission deadline for solo competition is EXTENDED DATE April 7, 2019 at 5:00pm

Submissions can be made through the link below or by emailing tori@mmimports.com with your name, contact information and repertoire.

Solo Competition link

No accompanist required.

Schedule of Events

10-10:30am: Jonathan Gunn Performance

10:35-11:05am: Relaxation and Performance Techniques: Jennifer Gerth and Karrin Meffert-Nelson

11:10-11:40am: Clarinet Maintenance and Crack Prevention: Tori Okwabi and Caleb Rasmussen

11:45-12:30: Audition and Performance Preparation: Scott Anderson

12:30-1:00: Lunch break

12:45-1:45: Junior and Senior Solo Competitions (Open to the Public)

1:55-2:35: How to play in tune: Intonation and Voicing: Sang Yoon Kim and Gabriel Campos Zamora

2:40-4:20: Jonathan Gunn Masterclass

4:30-5:00: Clarinet Choir directed by Rena Kraut

Free small repairs throughout the day and a small lunch will be provided.

Competition Rules and Regulations:
1. Prepare 5 minutes max. of music from the standard solo clarinet repertoire. If you have questions about repertoire please
email Tori@mmimports.com.
2. Accompaniment and memorization is NOT needed. (Piano optional)
3. Entrants must supply 1 copy of their music for the judges.
4. Proper performance attire is expected.
5. Limit of 20 entrants per division allowed. Therefore performers are selected on a first come, first served basis. A wait list will be created in the event of cancellations.

Reduced Pricing on Many New Selmer Saxophones for 2019!

We're happy to report that Selmer has greatly reduced the pricing on many of their professional model saxophones which means big savings for our customers. Please have a look below at the 2018 pricing vs. the reduced 2019 pricing and contact our saxophone specialist Brandon at brandon@mmimports.com with any questions.

Thanks!

51J Selmer Paris "Series II" Soprano Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $6,629.00 - Now $5,759.00!

52JU  Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $6,759.00 - Now $5,599.00!

53J Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $8,029.00 - Now $6,509.00!

54JU Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $7,859.00 - Now $6,849.00!

55AJF Selmer Paris "Series II" Bari Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $13,959.00 - Now $12,269.00!

62J Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $7,549.00 - Now $6,439.00!

64J Selmer Paris "Series III" Tenor Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $8,539.00 - Now $7,369.00!

66AFJ Selmer Paris "Series III" Baritone Saxophone (Standard Lacquer)
Was $15,329.00 - Now $13,439.00!

72 Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Alto Saxophone: (Dark Lacquer, Hand-Engraved)
Was $7,959.00 - Now $6,869.00!

74F Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Tenor Saxophone: (Vintage Matte, No Engraving)
Was $9,429.00 - Now $8,579.00!

84 Selmer Paris "Reference 36" Tenor Saxophone: (Regular Lacquer, Hand Engraving)
Was $9429.00 - Now $8,579.00!

52AXOS  "SeleS" Alto Saxophone: (Regular Lacquer)
Was $3,599.00 - Now $3,349.00!

84F Selmer Paris "Reference36" Tenor Saxophone: (Vintage Matte, No Engraving)
Was $9,429.00 - Now $8,579.00!

72F Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Alto Saxophone: (Vintage Matte, No Engraving)
Was $7,959.00 - Now $6,869.00!

74 Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Tenor Saxophone (Vintage Lacquer, No Engraving)
Was $9,429.00 - Now $8,579.00!

52JBL Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $7,259.00 - Now $6,579.00!

52JM Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $7,259.00 - $6,519.00!

52JS Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $7,569.00 - Now $7,069.00!

55AFJM Selmer Paris "Series II" Baritone Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $14,529.00 - Now $14,189.00!

51JBL Selmer Paris "Series II" Soprano Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $7,159.00 - Now $6,759.00!

51JS Selmer Paris "Series II" Soprano Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $7,459.00 - Now $6,799.00!

54JBL Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $8,359.00 - Now $7,909.00!

54JM Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $8,359.00 - Now $8,049.00!

54JS Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $8,859.00 - Now $8,499.00!

62JBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $8,159.00 - Now $7,609.00!

62JM Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $8,159.00 - Now $7,489.00!

62JS Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $8,359.00 - Now $7,969.00!

66AFJBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Baritone Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $17,129.00 - Now $15,679.00!

66AFJM Selmer Paris "Series III" Baritone Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $17,129.00 - Now $15,939.00!

53JBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $8,679.00 - Now $7,709.00!

53JM Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $8,679.00 - Now $7,599.00!

53JS Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $8,959.00 - Now $7,709.00!

64JBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $9,129.00 - Now $8,739.00!

64JM Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $9,129.00 - Now $8,589.00!

Happy Holidays and year-end hours

Dec. 24--OPEN 9-1pm, no repair
Dec. 25--CLOSED
Dec. 26--OPEN 9-5pm
Dec. 27--OPEN 9-7pm
Dec. 28-OPEN 9-5pm
Dec. 29--OPEN 9-3pm
Dec. 30th--CLOSED
Dec. 31st--OPEN 9-1pm, no repair
Jan. 1--CLOSED
Jan. 2-3--CLOSED for our annual inventory
Jan. 4th--Normal Business hours resume.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very busy end of year!  As a reminder, our online store is always open for your shopping needs!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and we wish you much peace, joy, and success in 2019!!
Best wishes from all of us at Midwest Musical Imports!

 

Good luck, Katie!!

We are sad to announce that bassoon specialist Katie Bauernfeind's last day is today.  Please join us in wishing Katie the best in her new adventures, she will be greatly missed!

Dear bassoon community,

December 19th will be my last day at MMI. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the outstanding customers and vendors at MMI. I have always been impressed by the kindness, generosity, and dedication of the incredibly talented musicians we serve. I am very grateful that I have been able to work with each of you. Leaving MMI was not an easy decision, but it is time for me to start a new adventure. I wish all of you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

May every day be a good reed day!
Katie Bauernfeind

Gifts for the Oboist

Not sure what to buy for the Oboist on your holiday shopping list?  Don't worry!  We've put together a list of ideas at all price levels!  Call us if you would like more assistance, we are happy to help!

 

Under $10

Thread

Variegated Thread

Polishing Cloth

Cigarette Paper

 

Under $50

Books

Swabs

Reed Cases

Knives

Reeds

Tool Pouches

 

$50 and above

Key Chains and Pendants

Reed Cases

Reed Making Kit

Oboe Cases

Case Covers

Music Stands

Gifts for the Bassoonist

Not sure what to buy for the Bassoonist on your holiday shopping list?  Don't worry!  We've put together a list of ideas at all price levels!  Call us if you would like more assistance, we are happy to help!

Under $10

Thread

Plaques

 

Under $50

Swabs

Kolbl leather cup seat strap

Cane

Music Stand

Mandrel

Protec or Rigotti Reed case

Music

Tool Pouch

Reeds

Files

Books on Bassoon

 

$50+

Rieger tip cutter

Rieger Micrometer

Marcus Bonna case

Reed Making Kit

DWK reed case

Rieger 6 pin drying board

Rieger reamer

LC Double Reed Forming Kit

Bassoon Stand

Knife

Job Opening--Bassoon Specialist

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time bassoon specialist.

Qualified candidates should have a degree in bassoon.  Must possess excellent customer service and computer skills.  Occasional travel will be required.

Duties include:  assisting customers, play-testing bassoons, bassoon and bassoon bocal sales, accessory purchasing/ordering/fulfillment, web site updates, answering phones/emails, and other duties as assigned.

Benefits include:  competitive pay (we do not work on commission), bonuses, paid vacation, paid holidays, retirement plan, generous employee discounts.

Pay is commensurate with experience. This is an hourly position.  Current store hours are:  Monday and Thursday 9-7, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9-5, and Saturday from 9-3.  Schedule may be flexible.  Location is in Minneapolis, MN.

Please send a resume and cover letter via email to: Jessica@mmimports.com  Position is open until filled.

Happy Thanksgiving! Savings and free shipping!

This weekend, we will be CLOSED Thurs. and Fri. 11/22 &11/23 so our employees can enjoy time with their families during Thanksgiving.

Join us for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY with special in-store only deals from 9am to 3pm.

ONLINE ONLY!  Save 10% on all accessory orders all weekend--use code HOLIDAY2018 at the checkout. Free shipping on all online orders all weekend long!

We are grateful for you, our customers, and wish you a wonderful holiday weekend from all of us at Midwest Musical Imports!