In this episode of On Deck we travel to the far reaches of Northeastern Oregon to visit a summer camp in the woods.
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.
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.
We also hear from many of the young musicians, as well as camp directors Jim Howell and Linda Birnbaum.