School of Music

WSU Oboe & Bassoon Camps

July 20 — 26, 2014

Grades 7-12

WSU Oboe & Bassoon Camps offer a fun and exciting musical week for students studying oboe, English horn, and bassoon, grades 7 through 12 (students entering grades 7-12 and students graduating high school are eligible).

Camps Description:

Oboists and English horn players will work with Dr. Keri McCarthy (oboe faculty, WSU) and bassoonists will study with Dr. Ryan Hare (bassoon faculty, WSU) and other outstanding Washington State University faculty members to improve their musical skills. The Oboe and Bassoon Camps focus on group techniques and reed making classes, private lessons, and chamber music playing and coachings. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in large ensembles (either at the intermediate or advanced levels), jazz improvisation, music theory and composition, and leadership classes.

Double-reed campers also enjoy recreational activities such as picnics, indoor and outdoor games, dorm time, fun evening activities, concerts, and the use of the WSU Recreational Center. Staff for the Oboe & Bassoon Camps provide 24-hour supervision.  Experienced counselors stay in Wilmer-Davis Dormitory with the residential campers.  

New this year the WSU Oboe & Bassoon Camps are offered conjointly with the WSU Band Camp. This is a wonderful opportunity for double-reed players who want to come to camp with friends who are wind players and percussionists. All three camps participate in the same social activities, many of the same musical activities and share the same dormitory. While participants in the Oboe & Bassoon Camps will focus on solo and chamber music repertoire, techniques, and reed making, double-reed players who prefer to rehearse and perform in large ensembles should enroll in the Band Camp.


Dr. Keri E. McCarthy, oboe, is an active performer, teacher, and clinician across the United States and in Southeast Asia. She completed degrees in performance at Indiana University, Yale University, and Ithaca College.

Dr. Ryan M. Hare, bassoon, has performed in ensembles and as a soloist throughout the Pacific Northwest and at national and international festivals. He is Associate Professor of Music at Washington State University.

Dates & Times:

Residential campers will arrive and move into the residence hall on Sunday, July 20. All campers, both residential and commuting, will be provided dinner and an orientation to the camp on Sunday evening. Commuting students who are unable to attend the Sunday night dinner will join the boarding campers and receive the camp schedule on Monday morning, July 21. The closing concert is Saturday morning, July 26. The camp ends when the concert finishes.

  • $460 residential (includes instruction, room and board, camp shirt, and special evening events)
  • $325 commuter (includes instruction, lunches, camp shirt, and special evening events)

General Scholarships are available based on financial need and/or merit (partial scholarships only).
Applications and recordings are due June 20.


Application Deadline:

Application forms and fees must be received by June 30, 2014.  Apply early to reserve your place. 

This year all applications will be submitted online.

In addition to submitting the online application, please print and fill out the forms below and return them by mail.

New 2014:

Please include a recording to ensure that you are placed in a chamber group (and potentially an orchestra) that fits your level.  Please record:

  1. A scale of your choice (one or two octaves), played twice, a slow version and a fast version.
  2. Two minutes of a piece of your choice.

Recordings can be attached during the application process, shared via Dropbox, or mailed to Dr. McCarthy (oboe) or Dr. Hare (bassoon) at the WSU School of Music (address below), and will not be returned.

Check-In, Check-Out:

Further information will be available in summer 2014.


Sample Schedule:

Monday-Friday sample music schedule
8:45-9:15 Personal practice
9:15-11:30 Music activities (personal practice, chamber music coaching, reed making, lessons)
11:30-12:30 Enrichment Classes
12:30-1:30 Lunch at Kimbrough Music Building
1:30-2:30 Enrichment Classes
2:30-4:15 Music activities (personal practice, chamber music coaching, reed making, lessons)
4:15-5:45 Convocations, recreational activities and dorm time
6:00 dinner
Evening Activities
Monday Jazz Northwest Concert and reception.
Tuesday Faculty concert in Bryan Hall.  This will be a fun performance, and day campers are highly encouraged to attend, and to bring parents, siblings and friends. 
Wedesday Barbecue Picnic and Games. 
Thursday Talent Show.
Friday Dance.

Final Concert: Family and friends are encouraged to attend the closing camp concert. 
Check-out At the conclusion of the concert residential campers will check out of the dorm, and return their keys (or be charged $50 to replace the key).  Please make sure to inspect the rooms carefully for personal items.
An e-mail will be sent to day campers describing the recreational activities for each afternoon, and what time each afternoon day campers will need to be picked up.

Tentative Meal Schedule:

For residential campers, breakfasts and some dinners will be held at Southside Dining Center.  Because the dining hall is a sizable walk, we will be eating lunches on the lawn outside of the music building (inside if the weather is rainy).  Day campers will also be provided lunch (no additional charge).  The lunches will be catered by local restaurants. Please inform Keri McCarthy (oboe) or Ryan Hare (bassoon) if you have dietary restrictions (there will be a vegetarian option at each meal).

Students often get hungry before bed, as dinner is early in the evening.  If you think you may want snacks, please bring them. 

Dorm Details:

Housing and Roommates: All boarding campers will be housed in Wilmer Davis Residence Hall (corner of Thatuna St. and Campus St.). If you have a roommate preference, be sure to fill in the roommate portion of the application. If you would like us to assign you a roommate, one will be selected from your own gender and age group. If you are comfortable with being in a single room please indicate this on the form (no extra cost). 

Sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and blankets will be provided by the residence hall. This dorm can be hot, so bring a fan or two
Counselors: Oboe and Bassoon Camps counselors will be available at all times to make the experience safe and enjoyable. They will assist and supervise the students at all meals, activities, and during all time spent in the residence hall. The faculty will be responsible for supervision during class time.

What to Bring:

We recommend that all possessions be clearly labeled with the student’s name. We cannot be responsible for valuable items such as iPods, cell phones, cameras, or jewelry.
What to bring:
--Music, metronome, pencil and music stand (for use in the dorm).  Make sure your name is on them.
--Reed making equipment. This is not required, but is highly recommended -- we will have daily reed making sessions, and you will have the opportunity to learn to tie, scrape, and adjust your reeds.
--Sweatshirt, raincoat
--Swimsuit and towel
--Shorts, jeans, shirts, socks, underwear. Please do not bring short shorts or skimpy tops.
--Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.
--Alarm clock
--Washcloths and towels
--Shoes suitable for walking
--Dress clothes for the concert (black/white not necessary- please, no shorts, skimpy tops, tennis shoes or flip-flops)
--Spending money (especially two dollars for swimming at Reaney Pool)
--Books, board games, card games,videos or DVDs (G or PG)

Camps Rules:

Any violation of these rules will result in disciplinary action or immediate dismissal from the programs.  The student and his/her parents will be responsible for reimbursing Washington State University for any damaged property.  There will be no refund of tuition/fees if a student is dismissed from a camp.

  1. Students will respect the rights, privileges and property of others.  Students are not allowed to touch any other student’s instrument without permission.  Any disagreements between students should be brought to the attention of a counselor or program director for a resolution.
  2. Students are required to attend all rehearsals, classes and to contribute to the learning atmosphere by full cooperation and participation.  Coaches will take roll each day and immediately report any absences.  Students are expected to follow the camp schedules and participate in all scheduled meals, social activities, orientations and special presentations.
  3. Students must be in their rooms for bed check by 10:00 PM, and my not leave the room except to go directly to the bathroom and directly back to the room.
  4. No male student will be allowed on the female students’ hall/floor and no female students will be allowed on the male students’ hall/floor.  A male and female caught in the same dorm room will be dismissed from camp.  The first floor lobby lounges and the recreation rooms on the lower level may be used by both male and female students. 
  5. No behavior detrimental to the group or an individual, no willful damage to property, no possession or use of illegal drugs, marijuana, alcohol or tobacco is allowed.
  6. No driving of or use of a motor vehicle by a camper is allowed, except for arrival to and departure from camp.  Resident students’ cars will be parked on a nearby street and not moved until the end of the program.  Day campers who drive themselves each day may not use their cars during the day, and are responsible for finding their own parking places.
  7. Students must remain on WSU campus at all times unless accompanied by a coach, counselor, parent or guardian.

Reminder:  Residential campers must return their room keys at check out.  Those who fail to will be billed $50.

Optional Enrichment Classes

Themes include:

  • Music Theory: Beginning and Advanced sessions
  • Leadership Training
  • History of Rock and Roll

Oboe Camp:

Keri McCarthy,, (509) 335-7966

Bassoon Camp:

Ryan Hare,, (509) 335-4813

WSU School of Music:

Rosanne Kenedy,, (509) 335-3898

Online Registration and Scholarship Application:

Click here to register and pay by credit card

Click here to register and apply for a scholarship


* Oboe or Bassoon Camp Agreement [.pdf]
* Medical Information and Treatment Authorization Form [.pdf]
* SRC Youth Liability Waiver Form [.pdf]
* SRC Youth Activities Waiver [.pdf]
Directions to Pullman [.pdf]

* to-be-returned forms

Documents with an asterisk need to be filled out and returned.  You may download the documents above and send them in with the application to:

WSU Oboe Camp c/o Dr. Keri McCarthy
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300

WSU Bassoon Camp c/o Dr. Ryan Hare
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300







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