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20th Annual Double Reed Day

November 4, 2023 | 9:30 am 4:00 pm

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November 4, 2023 (9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.)All AgesMusic Building, Recital Hall 175doublereedday-info@uwm.edu

The 20th annual Double Reed Day will include a performance with double reed guest artists and UW-Milwaukee oboe and bassoon faculty, lectures and masterclasses, reed-making guidance, and opportunities to explore and shop the vendors from across the United States.


Spectacular Guest Artist Performance
Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing melodies as our distinguished double reed guest artists Andrew Parker (Professor of Oboe at University of Austin-Texas) and Fei Xie (Principal Bassoon of the Minnesota Orchestra) share their artistry on stage. Witness their virtuosity and be inspired by their musical talents.

Enriching Lectures and Masterclasses
Expand your knowledge through insightful lectures and masterclasses led by experts in the field. From technique refinement to musical interpretation, these sessions are designed to elevate your understanding of double reed instruments.

Reed-Making Guidance
Delve into the intricacies of reed-making with guidance from experienced professionals. Whether you’re a seasoned reed maker or just starting out, you’ll gain valuable insights and techniques to craft reeds that enhance your playing.

Vendor Exploration
Explore a vibrant marketplace featuring vendors from across the United States. Discover a wide array of double reed instruments, accessories, sheet music, and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in your passion for all things double reed.

Collaboration with UW-Milwaukee Oboe and Bassoon Faculty
Engage with the esteemed oboe and bassoon faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Their expertise and guidance will provide you with personalized insights to enhance your playing and musical journey.


9:30–10 a.m.Registration & Check-In
10 a.m.–12 p.m.Instrument Masterclasses and Reed Making Seminars with UWM Professors Steele and Van Handel
12–1 p.m.Lunch (pizza provided)
1–3 p.m.Instrument Masterclasses with guest artists
3 p.m.Recital (Performances by guest artists and faculty. All participants are welcome to participate in the Double Reed Day Ensemble.)

Guest Artists

Andrew Parker (Professor of Oboe at University of Austin-Texas)
Andrew Parker HEADSHOT

Dr. Andrew Parker is currently Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Texas at Austin and faculty at the Round Top Festival Institute.  In addition to his teaching, Andrew maintains a rich performing career as a soloist and chamber musician.  He has performed concerti with numerous orchestras including the Quad City Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, the Puerto Rico Philharmonic, the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra.  His solo album, The Singing Oboe, was featured as CD of the week for two consecutive weeks on the Boston classical station 99.5 WCRB.  Andrew has been principal oboe of the Quad City Symphony for fifteen seasons. In addition to his position with the Quad City Symphony, Andrew plays English horn at Music in the Mountains and has performed with numerous other orchestras including the National Arts Center Orchestra, the  Florida Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, the New Mexico Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony. He has also performed in a wide variety of chamber music settings at various international festivals including FEMUSC in Brazil, the Aspen Music Festival, The Sarasota Music Festival, Round Top Festival, Music in the Mountains, and Kinhaven Music School.  After receiving his BM degree at the Eastman School of Music and MM degree at Yale University, he received his Doctorate at the University of Michigan.  Andrew’s primary teachers have been Richard Killmer, Nancy Ambrose King, and Elaine Douvas. 

Fei Xie (Principal Bassoon of the Minnesota Orchestra)

Xie joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal bassoon at the beginning of the 2017-18 season after serving as principal bassoon of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra—an ensemble he first joined as second bassoonist in 2008. When he won the principal role in 2012, Xie became the first Chinese-born bassoonist to hold such a position in a major American symphony orchestra. He was previously a member of the Houston Grand Opera, principal bassoon of the Mansfield Symphony in Ohio, and has appeared as guest principal bassoon with orchestras such as Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Xie has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Festival Mozaic Orchestra and the Sichuan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in China. He has received the high praise of critics from The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and Star Tribune. Xie has performed at many summer festivals including Festival Mozaic—where he acts as principal bassoon—and those of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra and Music Academy of the West. In 2010, he was a finalist and prize-winner at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition, where he was the only American bassoonist chosen for the final round.

An avid educator, Xie has taught masterclasses at conservatories and festivals throughout the United States, China and Brazil. He served on the bassoon faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States in 2022 and was the bassoon coach for three years with the National Youth Orchestra of China. While in Brazil, he served as a faculty member of the Campos do Jordão International Music Festival for two seasons; during that time, he performed Kalevi Aho’s Quintet for Bassoon and Strings with the award-winning Quarteto Radamés Gnattali. Back in the United States, he served on the faculty at the University of Maryland until recently, and is now adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Xie’s recording credits include Gustav Mahler’s major symphonies—a multi-year project by the Minnesota Orchestra. His performance of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Orchestra under then-Music Director Osmo Vänskä was streamed live online for thousands of listeners and is regularly re-broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today. In 2020, Xie recorded the Quintet for Bassoon and Strings by composer Michael Fine for Five for Five, a CD recording project of newly-composed chamber music for wind and string quartets.

Since 2021, Xie has taken on the role of artistic consultant for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Lunar New Year celebrations. Beyond introducing Orchestra audiences to Chinese musical traditions and instrumentation, the annual concerts have seen Xie joined onstage by his mother and father—the professional Peking Opera musicians Mei Hu and Zhengang Xie, who are yue qin and jing hu masters, respectively.

Xie, who grew up in the city of Tangshan in the Hebei province of northern China, was introduced by his uncle—a composer himself—to the piano at age three, and later began bassoon studies when he was 13. He now holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s degree from Rice University. His primary teachers and influences are George Sakakeeny and Benjamin Kamins, who served as associate principal bassoon of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1972 to 1981.


2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211