Studying with Dr. B.
Dr. Lindabeth Binkley welcomes a diverse studio with students engaged in a wide variety of degree programs. Performance major to music minor, she helps them reach beyond their expectations and gives them the tools to become the most well-rounded musician possible.
Dr. Binkley strongly emphasizes reed making and strives to assist her students in becoming self-sufficient reed makers by the end of their sophomore year, even if they enter as a freshman without any prior reed making experience. She breaks the process down into manageable steps that yield successful results in a short amount of time. Reed making is taught during lessons as well as in Reed Making Classes that are offered periodically throughout the semester.
CMU oboe students perform frequently. Not only are they active in various university ensembles, but they are highly encouraged to perform in solo recitals, participate in chamber music, and perform regularly for each other in studio classes.
Studio Classes and Events
Dr. Binkley brings in new guest artists, resources, and activities to the Studio Class every semester. Studio Class meets twice a week (T/Th, 11:00 AM). Former topics have included:
Since 2010, Guest Artist Master Classes have been given by:
Most importantly, Dr. Binkley encourages a supportive and collegial environment in the CMU Oboe Studio. Students are encouraged to mentor each other through the jury process, make reeds together in the CMU Reed Room, and generally help each other succeed throughout every step of the degree process. "Oboe Bonding" events take place regularly and include things like Pumpkin Carving, Holiday Crafting, Ice Cream or Coffee Meet-Ups, and other events designed to promote good will and friendship amongst the oboe students.
Listen to Members of the CMU Oboe Studio
Emily June, Oboe
Visit the CMU Campus: Take a Lesson with Dr. B.
Dr. Binkley welcomes prospective students to visit campus at any time. Sign up for a tour and contact Dr. B to schedule a lesson. Depending on the time of year, prospective students may also attend studio class, observe ensemble rehearsals, and "shadow" an oboist for a day. Unable to make it to campus? Check out the virtual tour.
2019 CMU Audition Dates
Friday, January 18, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019*
*Scholarship awards for students auditioning 3/16/18 are limited
Undergraduate Oboe Audition Requirements
All major and minor scales (any form); chromatic scale in full range of the instrument; any solo work, concerto, or sonata from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century era. It is not necessary to perform an entire work, but the selection should show both technical and expressive abilities. Memorization is not necessary on prepared piece. Sight reading required.
Graduate Oboe Audition Requirements
Representative technical studies demonstrating full range of the instrument and articulation facility (major/minor scales, thirds, sixths, etc.); one Ferling or Barrett etude; two contrasting orchestral excerpts; two solo/concerto movements of contrasting styles. Sight reading required.
CMU Oboe Studio News
12.2.15: Kelsey Mankel (Senior) in CMLife
Click on the link to read the great article about Kelsey and her CMU journey in our campus newspaper: "Triple major musician sees relationship between art and science" by Gabe Porrometo
4.20.16: Kelsey Mankel presents at CMU's SRCEE (Student Research & Creative Endeavors Exhibition)
A recipient of a CMU Summer Scholars Grant, Kelsey presented, "Oboe Reed Making: Decoding the Connection between Crow and Scrape Using Technology."