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Hosts: William McMullen, Nathan Koch


Featuring masterclasses and sessions with Glenn Korff School of Music Professors Dr. William McMullen, Dr. Nathan Koch, and guest artists ToniMarie Marchioni, Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Kentucky and Michael Rabinowitz, jazz bassoonist and composer based in New York City.

The festival includes:

  • Guest Artist and Faculty Recital
  • Masterclasses with UNL faculty and guest artists
  • Jazz, Swing and Blues improvisation session for oboe and bassoon
  • Double reed ensemble reading session
  • Reedmaking sessions - demonstrations of adjustments to oboe and bassoon reeds
  • All attendees will be eligible for raffle prizes given out at the end of the day!

Deadline to register is Wednesday February 22, 2023, 5:00 pm (Central Time Zone)


Oboist ToniMarie Marchioni enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator, arts advocate, and administrator. Her performances praised as “excellent” and “elegantly rendered” by the New York Times, she has performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States.

Appointed to the University of Kentucky faculty in 2013, she is a frequent lecturer/performer at International Double Reed Society conferences, and a sought after clinician and pedagogue. Recent masterclasses and clinics include Indiana University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Iowa, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, The Kentucky Governors School for the Arts, The Midwest Clinic, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Kentucky Music Educators Association.

A native of Mechanicsburg, PA, she holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Harvard University, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Elaine Douvas, Eugene Izotov, Pedro Diaz, and Mark McEwen.

Michael Rabinowitz

Whether blowing bebop over a Mingus tune or freely improvising with Anthony Braxton, Michael Rabinowitz's contributions have changed the conception of what the bassoon can do. Since graduating with a BFA in music performance from SUNY at Purchase in the late seventies Michael's improvisatory skills opened the door for the bassoon to enter a variety of musical environments not traditionally associated with the instrument.

He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Wynton Marsalis, John Hicks, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. His festival appearances include Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Tri-city, Tanglewood, San Francisco and Hollywood Bowl. Michael is a founding member of The Charles Mingus Orchestra which can be heard regularly at the Jazz Standard in NYC. His quartet Bassoon and the Wild has performed at the The Vanderbilt Planetarium, Frick Museum, JVC Jazz Festival, , Penn State, Kavehaz and other venues in NYC. Ocean Eyes is Michael's 5th CD and documents the development of his quartet with mostly original compositions. The Buffet Group USA has been Michael's sponsor for the past fifteen years and has supported his participation in performances and master classes at the IDRS most notably the Jazz at June Festival in Oklahoma with oboist Paul McCandless. In 2009 Michael was awarded a grant from Chamber Music of America in collaboration with French oboist Jean Luc Fillon and released their CD On the Reed Again.  In 2014, Michael formed a group called The Odd Couple Quintet with jazz horn virtuoso John Clark. Michael has conducted masters classes at many universities and has released four feature albums.

UNL Double Reed Day Events Schedule

Saturday, February 25, 2023
9:00 a.m.

Masterclasses for oboe and bassoon

11:00 a.m. Feature Recital - Guest Artists, UNL Faculty
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. High School Masterclass with Guest Artists and UNL Faculty
3:00 p.m. Combined improvisation masterclass led by Michael Rabinowitz
4:00 p.m. Double Reed Ensemble reading session and raffle prizes
5:00 p.m. OPTIONAL - Reedmaking session

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. William McMullen at or Dr. Nathan Koch at