QUOTE(A.U.K @ May 6 2010, 04:29 AM)
Hello Katica, welcome to the ABRSM I am very flattered that you found your way here via my posts on the Oboe Forum. There are Oboists far better qualified than me to comment on most things regarding the Oboe but I share my opinions easily and probably far too loudly.. I am only sorry I wasn't here to welcome you at the time but you all know why I had to take some time away.. I think we all forget that our posts are visable all over the world and to think you found your way here all the way from Costa Rica is staggering so well done, your internet search paid off. Costa Rica sounds very exotic and very appealing and above all else very warm which I like the sound of.
So how are you getting on with the Oboe, are you enjoying it..what are you playing musically..tell us a little more about yourself and the oppertunities for music in Costa Rica (sorry I just love saying Costa Rica)..are you going to try to make a career in music..do you have any problems getting supplies, the reason I ask is a friend of mine sponsors a player in Cuba and I know she has a very hard time getting what she needs..I'll be honest I don't know a thing about Costa Rica..so anything you can tell us would be great.
All that aside, its lovely to meet you, albeit via cyberspace and I hope we can help you with any questions you may have..I am a fiend for repetoire so ask away..I have cupboards full of music and probably an opinion on most of it..
I like freely expressed opinions! I must confess I don't now lurk as much as I used on other more speficic oboe fora because it's very friendly here and I don't mind asking stupid questions or confessing embarrassing experiences. Everyone is really helpful and fun too so now it feels like "home".
In case it's not obvious I should say that I am actually from the UK but I've lived in Costa Rica for 17 years (!). I only took up the oboe here a couple of years ago as a very mature student, so I feel that I really am a "tica" oboist (that's a nickname for Costa Rican, in the feminine form). It is really an unexpectedly wonderful place to have taken up music again! The story of how I came to the oboe is full of lots of wonderful coincidences but itis a long one so I won't bore people again here. When I occasionally regret not having started 30 years ago (no spring chicken, you see) I remember that there really does seem to be a right time and place for things to happen!
I think it would be a little rash on my part to think of changing to a musical career at this late stage but I do sometimes fantasise about it! My first efforts on the oboe advanced surprisingly fast but I seem to have slowed down a lot. It doesn't help that I have a full-time job (in international development, working with volunteers) that is very absorbing and for which I have to travel quite a bit, which is rather interrupting to the music. I never travel without my oboe, though! I am now just now celebrating my second "oboe birthday". My teacher has just thrown the Schumann Romances at me, which is rather daunting and a bit worrying. I don't think I should be allowed to massacre such beautiful pieces and I'm a bit astonished that he's letting me loose on them at all.
You know, I bet I know - at least via e-mail - the Cuban player you mention. She told me she had a US sponsor and I'm pretty sure it's your friend. Her teacher and mentor, who is Principal Oboe of the Cuban Symphony Orchestra, was here with their wind quintet about six months ago and we had a lot of fun with them. They were specially invited by the little community cultural centre where I study (in a small town outside of the capital city San Jos?, which is where I live) and now they want to invite my teacher back to give Master Classes in Cuba! We can get supplies OK here, though it's expensive especially as everything needs to be shipped here. Actually, I ended up donating some stuff to the Cubans. They really do have an awful time of it! I bought various bits and pieces at the IDRS Conference for people to try - they were very taken with some Roseau Chantant reed and with a Winfield brass staple from Howarths (on my shopping list for my upcoming trip!).
Better stop there because I could go on for ever. And yes, the climate is great. Pretty good for oboe playing too (expect when too hot and sticky, which San Jos? mostly isn't).
I will definitely be taking you up on the offer of repertoire enquiries!
Talking of which, have either you or pushpull or anyone else acquired Thea Musgrave's Night Windows yet? Beautifully premiered by Nick Daniels at Birmingham. (Bit of a Nick Daniels fan club here I note - and maybe a budding Emily Pailthorpe one too!)