Due to developing COVID-19 concerns, this event may be canceled. We are monitoring the situation closely for the safety of all faculty, staff, and guests. We will not accept payment until we are confident the program will run. You will be notified the program status by email on May 4.

Please register for camp so we know you are interested in attending this summer! We love our summer campers, and we look forward to seeing you!

2020 Arkansas Oboe Camp

Arkansas Oboe Camp is a fun and unique learning experience for musicians entering grades 7-12!  During the week, students will work with professionals to hone their skills and learn about their instruments.  Daily classes will include repertoire, sight reading, skills (based on level), reedmaking, and chamber music. Special evening activities are also planned.  Participants will stay in supervised dormitories on campus.

Students are required to bring the following reedmaking equipment.

  • sharp reedmaking knife
  • mandrel
  • plaque
  • block
  • FF reedmaking thread
  • 6″ metric ruler
  • 47mm staples (6 of them)

All cane is supplied by Edmund Nielsen Woodwinds.

Students who do not own reedmaking equipment may purchase a kit with camp registration, to be delivered at camp check-in and used during the week. The kit includes all of the items specified above. Special camp price is $115.

Oboe camp will probably end up being my favorite camp this summer, placingit above multiple camps where I just ride roller coasters for no reason. I lovedoboe camp because rather than being treated like helpless toddlers, we weretreated like students. I would love to come back to oboe camp to reunite with thewonderful teachers, students, and music. I came to camp excepting to learn howto play oboe well, but I came out with making working reeds, playing Englishhorn, and wishing it were longer.

Nikolai Margulis



Open to oboists entering grades 7 – 12 in fall 2020


June 7 – 12, 2020


See sample schedule below


Music Building, U of A Campus, Fayetteville

Click here for maps and directions.


$370 by April 15 / $400 after April 15     Includes instruction, materials, and daily lunches and dinners.

$175 lodging package (for those staying overnight at dorm)     Includes 5 nights of lodging and 5 breakfast meals.

$115 optional reedmaking kit.     Includes all required items listed above.


Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Cancellation Policy

By April 1: no refund

April 2 – May 15: refund less $100 administrative fee

After May 16: no refunds available

For More Information About Registration    Nastassja Riley – 479-575-6491, cms@uark.edu

For More Information About Curriculum      Dr. Theresa Delaplain, Professor of Oboe, Camp Director – delaplai@uark.edu



The mission of the Community Music School is to provide enriching programs to all. If the program fee is a financial burden, complete a scholarship application.  Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, as long as funds are available.  Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and notifications sent to applicants by April 10.

Tentative Schedule

(subject to change)

Sunday, June 07

5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Camp check-in at dormitory (all campers)

6:30 P.M.


7:30 P.M.

Camp orientation and evening activity

Monday – Thursday, June 08  – 12

7:30 – 8:30 A.M.

Breakfast (for dorm campers)

8:30 A.M. – Noon

Instructional Time

Noon – 1:00 P.M.

Lunch at dormitory (all campers)

1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Instructional Time

4:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Free time (all campers)

5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Dinner at dormitory (all campers)

6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Evening activities (all campers)

Friday, June 12

7:30 – 8:30 A.M.

Breakfast (for dorm campers)

8:30 A.M.

Rehearsal & Concert Preparation

9:30 A.M.

Concert Hall Opens for Seating

10:00 A.M.

Final Concert

11:00 A.M.

Camp Ends

Meet the Instructors

Theresa Delaplain

Professor of Oboe, U of A Department of Music


Theresa Delaplain has taught oboe at the University of Arkansas since 1990, in addition to teaching music theory, coaching chamber music, and performing in the University’s resident faculty ensemble, The Lyrique Quintette. She also also manager of the Lyrique Quintette, performs as oboist with the Boston Mountain Chamber Players and Spectrum Trio, and is a founding member of the Northwest Arkansas Chamber Music Society. Dr. Delaplain is Music Director and founder of the annual Sequoyah Music Festival (formerly the Boston Mountain Woodwind and Horn Seminar), which is a one-week intensive summer chamber music festival. Dr. Delaplain is the author of a reedmaking book for beginning and intermediate reedmakers entitled My Kingdom for a Reed! As a performer, Dr. Delaplain performs and/or tours regularly as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.
Since coming to the University of Arkansas, Dr. Delaplain has developed the oboe studio to one of the finest in the region, offering regular master classes, reedmaking classes, performance opportunities, and chamber music coaching.

Suzanne McGowen

Band Director, Ozark Middle School


Suzanne McGowen is currently enjoying her twelfth year at Ozark Middle School (MO) as a sixth and seventh grade band director. Prior to teaching in Ozark, she taught elementary music in Aurora, Missouri for five years. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s in music and earned her master’s degree in oboe performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She is in her twenty-first season with the Fort Smith Symphony (AR) where she plays second oboe and principal English horn. Suzanne lives in Ozark, MO with her husband and daughter.

Bo Newsome

Oboe Instructor, Retired, East Carolina University


Bo Newsome is someone who literally makes music; his talents as an oboist, composer, teacher and arts education advocate have led to a rich and varied musical life.  As a performer, he has been heard as a soloist with orchestras in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Alberta, Canada.  He performs regularly as a member of Mallarmé Chamber Players and as principal oboist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and the Opera Company of North Carolina.  Twice the recipient of Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artist Award, Newsome was also heard across North Carolina in the state arts council’s Visiting Artist Program and has been a resident artist at the Banff Center for the Arts.  He has developed and implemented programs and workshops for schools, and for orchestral young persons’ concerts.   Newsome just retired from being oboe instructor at East Carolina University, and he maintains a private studio in Durham, North Carolina.  He studied with Sara Lambert Bloom at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he received both a Bachelors Degree and an Artist Diploma.

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