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 will be supplied by Edmund Nielsen Woodwinds.  Students who don’t 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.


June 9 – 14, 2019


June 7 – 12, 2020


See sample schedule below


Music Building, U of A Campus, Fayetteville

Click here for maps and directions.


$370 by May 1 / $400 after May 1: includes instruction, materials, and daily lunches and dinners

$175 lodging package (for those staying overnight at dorm): 5 nights lodging, breakfasts

$115 optional reedmaking kit: includes required items listed above

Event Registration

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

Sunday, June 09

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 10 – 13

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 14

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

3:00 P.M.

Final concert

4:00 P.M.

Camp Ends

Meet the Instructors

Theresa Delaplain


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


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.

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