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2019 MQVC Bassoon Symposium

Olive Plaza, The Colburn School
Olive Plaza, The Colburn School — Photo by Matt Construction

January 11–13, 2019
The Colburn School
Los Angeles, California
Richard Beene, host

 

The 2019 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium will be held January 11–13, 2019 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. This inspiring 3-day event of master classes, concerts and seminars by world-class bassoonists is open to the public. Also featured will be the semifinal and final rounds of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition — thrilling to witness. The Symposium is for bassoonists of all ages and ability levels.

Registration

Online Registration is now closed, but in-person registration is available at the Symposium.

Prices

 

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(Or see the schedule of events below)

Bassoon Symposium Professionals

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Carolyn Beck
Carolyn Beck
Richard Beene
Richard Beene
Andrew Brady
Andrew Brady
Jenni Brandon
Jenni Brandon
Jefferson Campbell
Jefferson Campbell
Stephanie Corwin
Stephanie Corwin
Whitney Crockett
Whitney Crockett
Debbie Devine
Debbie Devine
Samantha Duckworth
Samantha Duckworth
Kevin Eberle Noel
Kevin Eberle Noel
Judith Farmer
Judith Farmer
Lee Goodhew
Lee Goodhew
Darrel Hale
Darrel Hale
Sue Heineman
Sue Heineman
Timothy Hoft
Timothy Hoft
Yoon Joo Hwang
Yoon Joo Hwang
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Benjamin Kamins
Benjamin Kamins
Charles Koster
Charles Koster
Nicolasa Kuster
Nicolasa Kuster
Kim Laskowski
Kim Laskowski
Janis McKay
Janis McKay
Richard Meek
Richard Meek
Albie Micklich
Albie Micklich
Damian Montano
Damian Montano
Kenneth Munday
Kenneth Munday
Laura Najarian
Laura Najarian
Jessica Nelson
Jessica Nelson
Anthony Parnther
Anthony Parnther
Stephanie Willow Patterson
Stephanie Willow Patterson
Margaret Phillips
Margaret Phillips
Janet Polk
Janet Polk
Amy Pollard
Amy Pollard
Ian Pritchard
Ian Pritchard
Ivy Ringel
Ivy Ringel
George Sakakeeny
George Sakakeeny
Ann Shoemaker
Ann Shoemaker
Staci Spring
Staci Spring
John Steinmetz
John Steinmetz
Lia Uribe
Lia Uribe
Steve Vacchi
Steve Vacchi
Eric Varner
Eric Varner
David A. Wells
David A. Wells
Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson
Jessica Findley Yang
Jessica Findley Yang
Nathaniel Zeisler
Nathaniel Zeisler
 

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 11

Exhibits open 9am–11am and 12–5pm

8:00am Registration opens
9:00am – 10:30am Master Class with George Sakakeeny (Mayman Hall)
10:45am – 12:00pm Music as a Force in the World: Pathways for Citizen Artists (Mayman Hall)
Panelists: Kim Laskowski, Laura Najarian, Janet Polk, Lia Uribe, and Jacqueline Wilson. John Steinmetz will interview five bassoonists with wonderfully varied careers about their work and its impact on people and communities. Questions for the audience will get us all talking together about music’s effects and about the many ways in which musicians embrace their role as citizen artists.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00pm – 2:30pm Master Class with Kim Laskowski (Mayman Hall)
3:00pm – 4:20pm Semifinal Round of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition — Part 1 (Thayer Hall)
Competitor Housing Sponsor: Fox Products
4:20pm – 4:40pm Intermission
4:40pm – 6:00pm Semifinal Round of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition — Part 2 (Thayer Hall)
6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner break
7:30pm Evening Concert – Announcement of the MQVC Finalists (Zipper Hall)
Performers include: Andrew Brady, Judith Farmer, Darrel Hale, Damian Montano, Kenneth Munday, Anthony Parnther, Amy Pollard, Ivy Ringel, and Ann Shoemaker
  Reception to follow, sponsored by Fox Products and featuring the UT Austin Bassoon Ensemble (Colburn Café)
Saturday, January 12

Exhibits open 9am–11am and 12–5pm

8:00am Registration opens
8:00am – 8:50am Yoga for Musicians: Balancing Practice, Performance, and Personal life (Zipper Hall)
Presenter: Jenni Brandon (E-RYT 500, RPYT, Certified Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher). A regular yoga and meditation practice integrates the mind, body, and spirit, creating a deeper connection to our self. It can also help manage the physical and mental demands of a musical career, and help find balance between professional and personal lives. No previous yoga experience needed–all are welcome for this gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothes, yoga mats will be available.
9:00am – 10:30am Master Class with Andrew Brady (Zipper Hall)
10:30am – 12:00pm MQVC Community Bassoon Band (Olive 229; performance location TBA)
Director: Jefferson Campbell. Embracing the concept of artist-citizenry, MQVC Bassoon Symposium will bring music to downtown Los Angeles. A short rehearsal for large bassoon ensemble followed by a performance at a surprise location nearby. Each and every participant is encouraged to join in what promises to be an enjoyable community building experience.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00pm – 2:00pm Concert in the Afternoon (Thayer Hall)
Performers include Carolyn Beck, Kevin Eberle-Noel, Darrell Hale, Margaret Phillips, Amy Pollard, George Sakakeeny, Staci Spring, Eric Varner, and Jacqueline Wilson
2:00pm – 4:00pm Break — Visit exhibits
4:00pm – 5:15pm Special High School Session: Creativity and Expression (Olive 229)
Presenters: Nicolasa Kuster and Stephanie Patterson. Enhance your ability to connect with audiences in this interactive session on musicality and expression. Explore ways to boost confidence, break old habits, and engage with music in new ways.
4:00pm – 5:15pm Alexander Technique with Benjamin Kamins (Olive 270)
Space is limited. See registration area for sign up sheet. The Alexander Technique is an educational system that helps one to become aware of unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during everyday activities. It is widely practiced by performing artists and has proven to be effective for providing ease, grace, and efficiency to instrumental execution and expression. This class will be appropriate for all levels.
4:00pm – 5:15pm Supporting the Young Bassoonist: A Conversation for Parents (Olive 5th Floor Lobby)
Presenters: Ann Shoemaker and David A. Wells. An opportunity for parents/guardians to ask about all things related to life as a bassoonist. Topics covered could include college selection, music festivals, career paths, and purchasing instruments. Bring your questions!
6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner break
7:30pm Evening Concert (Thayer Hall)
Performers include Jefferson Campbell, Stephanie Corwin, Benjamin Kamins, Charles Koster, Kim Laskowski, Janis McKay, Albie Micklich, Stephanie Patterson, Ann Shoemaker, Steve Vacchi, Eric Varner, and David A. Wells
  Reception to follow (Colburn Café)
Sunday, January 13

Exhibits open 9am-3pm

8:00am Registration opens
8:00am – 9:00am Yoga for Musicians: Balancing Practice, Performance, and Personal life (Dance Studio A)
See description above
9:00am – 10:15am Rhetorically Speaking: Exploring and Employing the Language of the Baroque (Thayer Hall)
Presenter: Stephanie Corwin. Bring your bassoons (or not) to an interactive and participatory workshop focusing on performance practice of the Baroque era. Learn practical ways to incorporate the aesthetic of the time into our modern context. Explore the role of the basso continuo and examine various approaches to playing bass lines, observing how decisions influence the work as a whole. Telemann’s Sonatina for Bassoon and Basso Continuo in C Minor, TWV 41:c2 will be used as a vehicle for discussing topics around solo bassoon playing such as Affekt, phrasing, beat hierarchy, and ornamentation. This session will have things to offer for both the seasoned professional and the Baroque novice.
10:30am – 12:00pm Master Class with Sue Heineman (Mayman Hall)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch break (Exhibits are open in Olive Rehearsal Hall)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Master Class with Laura Najarian (Mayman Hall)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Last Chance for Exhibits (Exhibit Hall closes at 3pm)
3:00pm – 4:30pm Final Round of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition — Part 1 (Thayer Hall)
Competitor Housing Sponsor: Fox Products
4:30pm – 4:50pm Intermission
4:50pm – 6:00pm Final Round of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition — Part 2 (Thayer Hall)
6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner break
7:30pm Evening Concert – Announcement of the Results of the 2019 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition (Zipper Hall)
Performers include Richard Beene, Andrew Brady, Whitney Crockett, Lee Goodhew, Sue Heineman, Benjamin Kamins, Laura Najarian, and Steve Vacchi
  Reception to follow, sponsored by Wilhelm Heckel (Colburn Café)

Master Class Sign-Ups

Master class sign-ups have now closed.

Exhibitors

Come try bassoons and bocals, buy tools, shop for new music, stock up on cane/reeds, and more! Here are the companies who'll be showcasing their wares in our exhibit hall:

Parking

There is ample parking in private garages near the Colburn School. Several of them are shown in the Colburn Parking Guide (PDF), but there are many other garages and surface lots around. There is no on-campus parking available for MQVC.

Accomodations

There are 50+ hotels within a 1.5 mile radius of The Colburn School. Some of these hotels are listed below for your convenience and informational purposes. The Colburn School and MQVC 2019 neither endorse nor require that these hotels be used. If you wish to know more about the hotels listed below and their ratings, feel free to Google or Yelp them.

Many visitors to LA use hotwire.com to find great hotel rates in downtown by selecting the "3.5 star" or "4 star" rating. If you are interested in staying in an apartment, condo, or townhouse, check out airbnb.com using the Colburn School's zip code of "90012".

For those wishing to sleep away from downtown LA, Hollywood is a few stops away on the METRO via the Red Line. The closest METRO stop to the Colburn School is one large city block northeast at 1st and Hope (Civic Center). It is recommended to book your accommodations as soon as possible.

Hotel offering an MQVC Discount:
  • The Kawada Hotel (0.1 mile east of Colburn)
    200 South Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: 213-621-4455
    kawadahotel.com

    A special MQVC 2019 rate is available – $135.00 plus tax, single/double occupancy.
    Use "MQVC" as a promo code (NOT group code) at checkout.

    For questions about reservations, please contact the Kawada directly at reservations@kawadahotel.com or the phone number above.
Other Hotel Options
  • The Omni Hotel (0.1 mile south of Colburn)
    251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
    Phone: 213-617-3300
    omnihotels.com
  • The Doubletree Hotel by Hilton (0.4 miles southeast of Colburn)
    120 South Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: 800-222-8733
    hilton.com
  • Hilton Checkers (0.4 miles south of Colburn)
    535 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone: 213-624-0000
    hilton.com
  • The L.A. Hotel Downtown (0.35 mile southwest of Colburn)
    333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone: 213-617-1133
    thelahotel.com
  • Millennium Biltmore Hotel (0.4 miles south of Colburn)
    506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90014
    Phone: 213-624-1011
    millenniumhotels.com
  • Miyako Hotel (0.7 miles southeast of Colburn)
    328 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: 213-617-2000
    miyakoinn.com
  • Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens (0.7 miles east of Colburn)
    120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: 213-629-1200
    kyotograndhotel.com
  • The Westin Bonaventure (0.7 miles southwest of Colburn)
    404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone: 213-624-1000
    thebonaventure.com

Food

On Campus – Colburn Café

The Colburn School Café has exceptional food for a college cafeteria receiving 3.5 stars on Yelp and reviewed as a “hidden gem” in LA's blogdowntown. Café selections include: a salad bar, grill options, an Asian station, sandwich bar, personal pizzas, soups, and other hot entrees. Meal plans are not offered for MQVC 2019. All food options are à la carte. An average meal costs $7 for breakfast and $12 for lunch or dinner. The Colburn Café serves food that caters to most dietary restrictions. The Colburn Café accepts all major credit cards and cash.

Colburn Café Hours:

Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Colburn Starbucks Hours:

Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Other Restaurants

Downtown Los Angeles is packed with amazing places to eat!

The Grand Central Market is a quick walk from Colburn, at 317 S. Broadway. It includes more than 30 food vendors representing a wide array of cuisines, and is open 7 days a week, 8am-10pm.

Also, Yelp (or the Yelp app) is great for finding food nearby.

Travel to Los Angeles/Colburn

Driving Directions To The Colburn School
Address: 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012 – Address on Google Maps
Main Number: 213.621.2200

From all freeways leading into downtown, take the 110 S/N (towards downtown LA). Exit 4th Street (exiting 4th Street either from the North or South shoots you onto 4th street heading East). Turn left on Olive and left again on 2nd St. The Colburn School is located on 2nd St., spanning Grand Ave. and Olive St., diagonally across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The main entrance to the school is located at 200 South Grand Avenue between Second and Third Streets.

Local Airports

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is Los Angeles’ main airport. It services most domestic and international carriers and is 30-40 minutes from downtown.

Burbank/Bob Hope Airport (BUR) is a smaller and generally less crowded alternative to LAX. It services most domestic carriers including Jet Blue and Southwest and is 20-30 minutes from downtown.

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is a small domestic airport about 30-45 minutes from downtown.

Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a full service airport connecting to most major U.S. cities. It is in the Inland Empire about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles.

Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the only airport in Orange county and services many U.S. cities. It is about 35 minutes south of Los Angeles.

Directions From Lax Airport To Colburn (18.8 Miles)
Flyaway Bus From LAX to Union Station in Downtown
$9.75 one way (about 30-50 minutes depending on traffic), no reservations required.
1-866-iFLYLAX (1-866-435-9529) or lawa.org

Once at Union Station either take a cab to Colburn or take the METRO subway to 1st Street and Hill. Colburn is one large block southwest of this stop (corner of 2nd Street and Olive)

Super Shuttle
$19.00 one way (about 30-50 minutes depending on traffic). supershuttle.com

Taxis
Roughly $60.00 one way (about 20-40 minutes depending on traffic). Cabs are lined up outside of the airport.

Car Rental
There are many car rental options at the airport.

Uber
Uber is often difficult to use from LAX to downtown. However, taking Uber from downtown to LAX works well.

Getting From Union Station To Colburn

Cab (approx. $5.00 one way)
Destination: 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012

Metro Subway (approx. $1.25 one way)
Red Line on the Metro subway to Civic Center (Hill/1st Street) exit.
Walk one large block southwest of this exit to Olive/2nd Street.

Buses, Trains, and Subways

The Colburn School campus is conveniently located near public transportation hubs, and we recommend that visitors consider taking advantage of these services. The Metro Red and Purple Lines serve the Civic Center/Grand Park subway station at Hill and 1st Streets, and many bus lines allow for convenient and reliable transportation to and from Colburn. We recommend referencing the LA Metro trip planner for routes and schedules.

Exhibitor/Advertising Information

Interested in exhibiting at or advertising with MQVC&S 2019? See the Exhibitor Information page for information, exhibitor registration and advertising.