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2016 MQVC Bassoon Symposium

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

January 15-17, 2016
The Colburn School
Los Angeles, California
Richard Beene, host

 

The 2016 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium will be held January 15-17, 2016 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 has now closed. Please register in-person at the Symposium.

Registration prices are $175 for all three days or $65 for daily registration.

Bassoon Symposium Professionals

Check back for updates!

Sue Schrier Bancroft
Sue Schrier Bancroft
Carolyn Beck
Carolyn Beck
Richard Beene
Richard Beene
Jenni Brandon
Jenni Brandon
Rose Corrigan
Rose Corrigan
Whitney Crockett
Whitney Crockett
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis
Debbie Devine
Debbie Devine
Glenn Einschlag
Glenn Einschlag
Monica Ellis
Monica Ellis
Judith Farmer
Judith Farmer
Julie Feves
Julie Feves
Nancy Goeres
Nancy Goeres
Janet Grice
Janet Grice
Sara Hiner
Sara Hiner
Dana Jackson
Dana Jackson
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Benjamin Kamins
Benjamin Kamins
Nathan Koch
Nathan Koch
Nicolasa Kuster
Nicolasa Kuster
Ben Manis
Ben Manis
Valentin Martchev
Valentin Martchev
Albie Micklich
Albie Micklich
Rique Pantoja
Rique Pantoja
Margaret Phillips
Margaret Phillips
Amy Pollard
Amy Pollard
Janet Rarick
Janet Rarick
Anna Scheider
Anna Scheider
Gerald Scholl
Gerald Scholl
Brittany Seits
Brittany Seits
Ann Shoemaker
Ann Shoemaker
Alexandre Silverio
Alexandre Silverio
Larry Steen
Larry Steen
Staci Spring
Staci Spring
Jonathan Stehney
Jonathan Stehney
John Steinmetz
John Steinmetz
Delores Stevens
Delores Stevens
Maya Stone
Maya Stone
David A. Wells
David A. Wells
Leyla Zamora
Leyla Zamora
Nathaniel Zeisler
Nathaniel Zeisler
Calla Quartet
Calla Quartet
 

Events

(Subject to change)

Friday, January 15

Exhibits open 9am-1:30pm and 2:30-5pm (Board Room and 5th floor lobby)

8:00am Registration opens (Olive 3rd floor lobby)
9:00am – 10:45am Master Class: Benjamin Kamins (Mayman Hall)
11:00am – 12:00pm Conversation with Directors: Expanding Opportunity in the Profession (Mayman Hall)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00pm – 2:30pm Master Class: Nancy Goeres (Mayman Hall)
3:00pm – 4:20pm Semifinal Round of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition — Part 1 (Thayer Hall)
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 Carolyn Beck, Whitney Crockett, Glenn Einschlag, Nicolasa Kuster, and Margaret Phillips
  Reception to follow
Saturday, January 16

Exhibits open 9am-1:30pm and 2:30-5pm (Board Room and 5th floor lobby)

8:00am Registration opens (Olive 3rd floor lobby)
8:00am – 9:00am Coffee chat with composer Jenni Brandon
Brandon’s piece was selected for the 2016 MQVC in a competition by BCMCC. Jenni will share her thoughts on the piece, as well as offering insights into collaborating with composers and creating commissions.
9:00am – 10:30am Master Class: Whitney Crockett (Zipper Hall)
10:40am – 12:00pm Workshop: Engaging Audiences (Zipper Hall)
For a decade, MQVC has included an Audience Engagement/Speaking from the Stage Component. How do we go about developing our skills in this area? How do we teach this skill? Join in on the conversation!
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00pm – 2:15pm Concert in the Afternoon (Thayer Hall)
Performers include Monica Ellis, Valentin Martchev, Amy Pollard, Ann Shoemaker, Alexandre Silverio, Staci Spring, and Maya Stone
2:30pm – 3:20pm Break — Visit exhibits
3:30pm – 4:20pm Ready or Not: A Life in the Arts, with Sue Schrier Bancroft (Olive Hall)
4:30pm – 6:00pm Workshop: "Contrabassooning 101: Making the Leap" with Leyla Zamora (Olive Hall)
6:00pm - 7:30pm Dinner break
7:30pm Evening Concert (Thayer Hall)
Performers include Rose Corrigan, Nancy Goeres, Janet Grice, Nicolasa Kuster, Alexandre Silverio, David A. Wells, and Leyla Zamora
  Reception to follow
Sunday, January 17

Exhibits open 9am-3pm (Board Room and 5th floor lobby)

8:00am Registration opens (Olive 3rd floor lobby)
9:00am – 10:25am Master Class/Workshop: Improvisation with Janet Grice and Alexandre Silverio (Thayer Hall)
10:30am – 12:00pm Panel Discussion hosted by John Steinmetz (Zipper Hall)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00pm – 2:30pm Master Class: Rose Corrigan (Mayman Hall)
3:00pm – 4:30pm Final Round of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition — Part 1 (Thayer Hall)
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 2016 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition (Zipper Hall)
Performers include Richard Beene, Paul Curtis, Judith Farmer, Julie Feves, Dana Jackson, Ben Kamins, Albie Micklich, Brittany Seits, and Jonathan Stehney
  Reception to follow

Master Class Sign-Ups

There are limited spaces for master classes throughout the Symposium, and bassoonists of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate. You must be registered for the Symposium to sign up for a master class. E-mail the following information to info@mqvc.org to request a spot.

  1. your name as you'd like it to appear in the program
  2. your year in school (if applicable)
  3. what you'd like to play
  4. which day(s) you'll be at the Symposium
  5. your top three preferences for master class teacher. These wishes will be honored as much as possible.

Exhibitors

Come try bassoons and bocals, buy tools, shop for new music, stock up on cane/reeds, and more! This year's exhibitor's include:

Barton CaneBocal Majority Double Reed CampsFox Products CorporationGoBassoon Reeds
Imagine MusicMidwest Musical ImportsRDG WoodwindsTonik ProductsTrevCo Music

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. There are three hotels marked with a (*) that are giving an MQVC 2016 discount. The Colburn School and MQVC 2016 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 www.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 www.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.

Hotels offering an MQVC Discount:
  • The Kawada Hotel (0.1 mile east of Colburn)*
    Special MQVC 2016 Rates are available - $99.00 plus tax, single/double occupancy.
    200 South Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: 213-621-4455
    kawadahotel.com
    Make reservations via jonathan@kawadahotel.com or 213-633-5282.
    Include "Bassoon Symposium" in your message.
    Please note that the special rate is NOT available via the Kawada's web site or main phone number.
     
  • The L.A. Hotel Downtown (0.35 mile southwest of Colburn)*
    Special MQVC 2016 Rates are available - $189/night plus tax
    333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone: 213-617-1133
    Reservation Link
    *Group Code: COLB
     
  • The Doubletree Hotel by Hilton (0.4 miles southeast of Colburn)*
    Special MQVC 2016 Rates are available - $189.00 Single/double; $209 triple; $229 quad
    120 South Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: 800-222-8733
    Reservation Link
    *Group Code: QLY (Rate available until 12/28/15).
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
  • Hilton Checkers (0.4 miles south of Colburn)
    535 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone: 213-624-0000
    hilton.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 2016. 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 (hours are subject to change for MQVC 2016):

Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday 11:30 am - 6:30 pm

Other Restaurants

Downtown Los Angeles is packed with amazing places to eat!

Download a list of Downtown LA Favorites, including happy hour information (PDF).

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
$8.00 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
$16.00 one way (about 30-50 minutes depending on traffic). supershuttle.com

Taxis
$64.00 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 DASH bus system travels throughout downtown Los Angeles and is only $0.25 a ride. Bus stops are frequent and can be a nice alternative to walking up and down Bunker Hill. ladottransit.com/dash

The MTA Bus System is a low-stress way to get around town and it eliminate the issues of finding directions and parking. They do make frequent stops so be sure to plan enough time. Fares start at $1.25 but daily, weekly, and monthly passes are also available. mta.net or 1-800-COMMUTE.

The Metro Rail comprises the Blue, Green, Red, Purple, Exposition, and Gold lines. The Red and Purple are subway trains while the others run above ground. The Red Line has convenient stations at Olive and 5th (Pershing Square) and 1st and Hope (Civic Center), and services popular locations like Hollywood & Highland and Universal Studios. mta.net or 1-800-COMMUTE.

Metrolink (not to be confused with Metro Rail) is a commuter train system that links the greater Southern California area including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernadino, Riverside, and Ventura counties. The closest stop is at Union Station at 800 N. Alameda st. Los Angeles, CA. 90028. metrolinktrains.com

Exhibitor/Advertising Information

Interested in exhibiting at or advertising with MQVC&S 2016? See the Exhibitor Information page for information, exhibitor registration and advertising.