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December 19, 2014

On Deck at Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake



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In this episode of On Deck we travel to the far reaches of Northeastern Oregon to visit a summer camp in the woods.

Carin coaching

Carin Miller Packwood, principal bassoonist of the Oregon Symphony, coaches a woodwind quintet

Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake brings world-class faculty –-many of whom are members of the Oregon Symphony— to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to high level musical instruction.

Half of the 85 kids who attend Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake each summer come from rural communities like LaGrande, Ontario, John Day, Boardman, Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla. The other half travel over 6 hours –from the valley or the coast— to study with the renowned faculty artists.

Yurt deer

Deer graze near the yurts

These young musicians spend a week living together in yurts, playing music outdoors at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains.

This episode features interviews with several OSO members including Marty Hebert, principal oboe; Carin Miller Packwood. principal bassoon; and Graham Kingsbury, horn.

Camp directors Jim Howell & Linda Birnbaum

Camp directors Jim Howell & Linda Birnbaum

We also hear from many of the young musicians, as well as camp directors Jim Howell and Linda Birnbaum.