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Double Reed Day

Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts

UW Music's Ninth Annual Double Reed Day day will be full of masterclasses, seminars, a double reed choir, and, of course, a pizza party! 

Our guests will be Sarah Bierhaus, principal oboist of the Boulder Philharmonic and instructor at the University of Denver, and Master Sergeant Alejandro Vieira, bassoonist with the Air Force Academy Band and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. In exhibition will be Hill Music from Casper, Wyoming. 

Registration is FREE.  

Please sign up by March 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Please contact us immediately if you need to register after the deadline. 

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9:30 a.m.                     Registration opens

10-11:30 a.m.              Master Class 1

1:30-12:30 p.m.           Double Reed Ensemble Rehearsal 

                                    (Bring your instrument to have fun playing with others!) 

12:30-1:30 p.m.           Free Pizza Party 

1:30-2:30 p.m.             Master Class 2

3:00 p.m.                     Final Concert at Recital Hall

                                   (Guest artists, UW student performances and Double Reed Ensemble)


Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Jennifer Stucki, oboe
Kaori Uno-Jack, bassoon


2019 Guest Artists

Dr. Beirhaus

Sarah Bierhaus

Dr. Sarah Bierhaus is in high demand as an orchestral oboe and English horn player in Colorado’s Front Range region. She is the principal oboist of the Opera Colorado and Boulder Philharmonic orchestras, associate principal oboist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and second oboist with the Central City Opera orchestra. Dr. Bierhaus also played principal oboe with the Fort Collins Symphony for six years and has played with the Colorado Symphony, Greely Philharmonic, Pro Musica Colorado, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Binghamton Philharmonic. 

As a founding member of the Antero Winds (formerly known as the Arundo Winds), Dr. Bierhaus has performed numerous recitals and educational outreach events throughout Colorado and beyond. The quintet won the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The Antero Winds are known for being champions of new music and have performed many world premieres. 

Dr. Bierhaus has been a member of the oboe and chamber music faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music since 2011. Prior to teaching at Lamont, Dr. Bierhaus taught at the University of Northern Colorado and Regis University. She also maintains a selective private teaching studio and has presented master classes for high school and college students at Utah State University, Casper College, Carleton College, and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Dr. Bierhaus has been an oboe and English horn enthusiast since the age of five and loves to visit elementary and middle schools to inspire the next generation of double reed players.

Dr. Bierhaus received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, where she graduated with Honors in Music Performance and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society. While at Carleton she traveled to Dresden, Germany for a study abroad program and enrolled at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule fürMusik. Her major teachers have included Cynthia Watson, Laura Griffiths, Merilee Klemp, Andreas Lorenz, Richard Killmer, and Peter Cooper.


Alejandro Vieira

Alejandro Vieira, bassoon and contrabassoon, began his musical training at a young age through singing while growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he participated in ensembles ranging in specialty from music of the medieval period to contemporary music. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a winner of the annual concerto competition. 

Alex became a member of the United States Air Force Academy Band in 1998, and currently serves as principal bassoonist of the Concert Band and as a member of Academy Winds, a unique and dynamic group that blends the sounds of a woodwinds, brass, percussion, and vocals. Alex’s duties in the USAF Academy Band have led to performances in 46 states and 7 countries, masterclasses in numerous universities and high schools around the country, multiple recordings of chamber music and Concert Band, and 14 touring concerto performances including the 2018 Colorado Music Educators Association Presidents Concert. 

In 2002, Alex was a finalist in the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition, where he earned an Honorable Mention. In addition to holding the positions of Second Bassoon and Contrabassoon with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra since January, 2001, Alex also held the position of Acting Principal Bassoon in 2008-2009 and 2010-2014.

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