Brenda teaches privately in San Francisco, San Rafael, Mountain View and Burlingame, California. She is internationally recognized for her oboe teaching skills and remains as devoted to total beginners as she is to advanced players. Lessons are crafted according to the individual needs of each student and every lesson is fun! Brenda has taught oboe master classes throughout the
Oboe and Music Education: Brenda plays and teaches classical music including baroque to modern, orchestral, solo and chamber repertoire. She focuses not only on how to play the music, but most importantly, on how to play the oboe. Understanding oboe reeds, how to judge, select and adjust them when necessary, is routinely included. For students who wish to expand their repertoire, she will, in appropriate situations, also teach bluegrass, pop, progressive jazz, world and improvised musics.
Brenda's students play in or have played in the San Francisco, Young People's, Oakland, Marin and El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestras, West County Winds, San Ramon, Corte Madera, Marin Sewer, College of Marin, South Bay, Contra Costa, Mission and Oakland Community Orchestras and Bands, and chamber ensembles of all types. Teen and pre-teens also gain performance and community service experience by joining her, playing duos and trios in concerts specifically for senior citizens.
Former students attend Oberlin, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Chico, San Diego State, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and others.
Brenda has a unique perspective on what the various colleges have to offer. Having attended Music Educator conferences throughout the United States, she understands what is expected and is happy to offer training, advice and assistance with orchestra and college applications, auditions and suggestions about the next 'right' teacher for any given student.
Selecting an oboe: A frequent performer and participant at the International Double Reed Society conferences, she has gained detailed information and experience regarding the manufacture, marketing, playability and stylistic differences between the various brands of oboes, english horns, and oboe d'amores. Brenda is a Buffet Crampon Artist.
Brenda is a soloist, recording artist, chamber and orchestral musician who also free-lances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She's performed in concert halls, museums, churches, universities, schools, night clubs, at corporate events, jazz and world music festivals, county fairs, shopping malls, senior and drug rehabilitation centers and outdoor events throughout the United States and in Europe, Indonesia, Costa Rica and East Africa.
You can hear Brenda regularly in Bay Area orchestral performances with Marin Oratorio, The Orchestra of St. Cecilia's/Dominican Chorale, and chamber music performances with
Contact Brenda at 415 608-2027 or [email protected]