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The oboe is responsible for tuning the whole orchestra at each concert. While it looks a lot like a clarinet, it sounds very different because of the double reed and the slim shape of the instrument. A double reed is two pieces of wood tied together but with enough space in between them that you can blow air through the gap, causing a column of air to vibrate through the instrument. Typically, oboists make their own reeds using cane, cork and thread. Another member of the oboe family is called the English horn. It is longer and can play lower.

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Julie Gramolini Williams


Marni J. Hougham

Oboe and English Horn, John Gilman Ordway Chair