Castle Retreat for Baroque Oboists & Bassoonists

Chamber music, Baroque Band, Baroque Dance and Reed Making
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Refresh Your Spirit with Music and Dance!

Escape to romantic Castle Freusburg for a week of Baroque Double Reed immersion including Baroque dance instruction, small ensembles, Baroque band and reed making.

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17 – 22 October 2022

Information

Hosted by JK Studio

Dates

Begins:   17. October 2022  1pm

Ends:  22. October 2022 6:30pm

Registration Closes on

30. September 2022

Location

Jugendherberge Freusburg
Burgstraße 46
57548 Kirchen (Sieg)

GERMANY

You get

  • Failsafe ways to achieve joy and intense musical expression with Baroque double reeds
  • A reliable system for making and adjusting Baroque reeds with confidence
  • Intimate exposure to common Baroque dance forms (you’ll actually dance them!) and how to play them
  • A multidimensional approach to Baroque performance practice (rhythm, harmony, rhetoric, cadences, dance forms, ornaments)
  • Romantic Castle Freusburg scenery
  • The delight of a deep dive together IN PERSON with others who share your enthusiasm

Included in your fee

  • 4 coached reed making sessions
  • 4 coached chamber music sessions
  • 2 Baroque dance lessons
  • a 1-on-1  lesson
  • collaborative musicians (basso continuo)
  • lifetime membership in the “Sprightly Companions” online community for oboists

Not included in your fee

Travel to and from the Freusburg Castle, Room and Board

COVID 19: We are subject to the hygiene rules of the German government and the policies of the Youth Hostel at Castle Freusburg.

Meet our team

Jeanine Krause Oboeist

Jeanine Krause

Owner/Founder of JK Reed Making, Jeanine Krause is praised as “delightful and so refreshing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and performs on oboes and recorders with orchestras and as a soloist in North America, Europe, and worldwide.

Artistic Director of oboe band, Symphonie des Dragons (European Division) recently showcased during the International Double Reed Society Virtual Symposium, Jeanine additionally enjoys a lively performing schedule with her small ensemble, The Sprightly Companions.

Jeanine draws inspiration from her colleagues, teachers and mentors  including Matthew Peaceman, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Stephen Hammer, Michael Niesemann, Marc Schachman, Debra Nagy, Priscilla Herreid and Marcel Ponseele, among many others.

Adam Shapiro, Oboeist

Adam Shapiro

Adam teaches the art of reed making at Cambridge Makers UK and conducts frequent master classes (University of Utah, University of Northern Colorado, University of Illinois and The Band of the Household Cavalry – UK).

A seasoned performer on modern as well as baroque oboe, he has performed with the Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony orchestras, as well as with the American Bach Soloists. Adam is also a member of the Seattle 5th Avenue and Village Theater pit orchestras. Adam earned his DMA in Performance Practice from Rutgers University. As a teacher, Adam has been a lecturer at the University of Washington, and maintains an active private studio. He studied with Ray Still, Grover Schlitz, Ronald Roseman  and Stephen Hammer.

Peter Hoffmann Barock Oboe

Peter Hoffmann

Dancing Master, Peter is a freelance lecturer for dance & aesthetics, graduate designer – dancing master, choreographer, event manager, historical dancer from the Middle Ages to Empire / Regency and the Roaring 20s.

For more than 35 years Peter Hoffmann has dedicated himself to the art of historical dance with unforgettable moments burned into memory from such locations as Wiesenthau Castle, Rothenfels Castle, Alteglofsheim Castle and also in Italy:  Cortona, Urbino, Saluzzo, Ferrara and Venice and more. The opportunity to be with friends and colleagues and to convey historical dance, including its palette of experiences and sensations to eager learners serve as Hoffmann’s main motivations for carrying on this art and keeping it alive.

Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris is a member of the Lautten Compagney Berlin and tours regularly with them through Europe. She is also a member of Hannoversche Hofkapelle, and has regular appearances with Musica Alta Ripa, Ensemble Schirokko, and the Clemencic Consort, among others.

She was University Professor of historical bassoon and reed-making at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna from 2009-2022. She has a particular interest in making and researching historical reeds, and to this effect she has given several reed-making courses, together with Stefan Pantzier. Jennifer Harris studied historical bassoon (from dulcian to romantic) with Christian Beuse (Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin) at the Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen and at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Künste, Frankfurt. Her solo discography includes: “The Bassoon Abroad” (Carus 2014), “The Bassoon in Love”, (ambitus 2017), and “Abscheuliche Tiefe” (ambitus 2019).

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Meet Adam Shapiro

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Meet Peter Hoffmann

The Art of Baroque Dance

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Meet Jennifer Harris

Sonata III: IV. Spiritoso · The Bassoon in Love ℗ ambitus 2014

Are you …

  • curious how to make your playing really dance?
  • wondering what sort of reed to make for your oboe or bassoon?
  • feeling like you have to choose between easy and beautiful?
  • not knowing what to do next to improve your reeds?
  • feeling anxious about your reeds or your instrument?
  • desiring opportunities to play with friends and colleagues?

then register now and refresh your spirit!

Oboe Band Photo Credit: Manuel Gutjahr

If you are ready to make fantastic reeds, play in rousing ensembles and dance to live music, all in the Baroque style,

Register Now!

Pricing

Castle Freusburg Baroque Double Reed Retreat

€ 1497.00 *

*  We’ll refund 20 % if you recommend a colleague or friend who registers and attends.

  • Administration fee (€ 75) **
  • 4 reed making sessions
  • 4 coached chamber music sessions (further sessions may be organized without a coach)
  • 2 lessons in Baroque Dance with Peter Hoffmann
  • a 1-on-1 coaching session with Jeanine or Adam
  • life-long free access to the “Sprightly Companions” online community platform

**  If for any reason you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund minus the €75 administration fee.

Costs for Room & Board at Castle Freusburg are not included in the registration fee.

For reference:

Single Room with all meals = € 57.90 per day (5 days = € 289.50)
Shared Room (2 guests) with all meals = € 49.90 per day (5 days = € 249,50)

Here’s how it works

WHAT: Our primary goal is the refreshment of the spirit with this in-person Rhine River Baroque Oboe Retreat. Situated between Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany, Castle Freusburg is in a breathtakingly beautiful corner of this earth. Our retreat has three main points of focus:

  • ensemble work: chamber music, Baroque band and important orchestral literature for Baroque double reeds
  • reed making skill development and strategies
  • Baroque dance instruction and its application in performance

We will hold this seminar at 415Hz. You are welcome to bring your 392Hz – 442Hz instruments for reed support and 1 on 1 coaching sessions. We cover all aspects of reed making from the tube to the finished reed, with and without machines.

While we will cover specific works in the repertoire (including important orchestral works), we hope you will also bring your own literature.

LANGUAGE: English and German spoken

FOR WHOM: This retreat is optimal for professional, aspiring and amateur oboists who want to increase their freedom, ease, agility, and achieve intense musical expression with historically informed performance practice on Baroque double reeds.

If you are new to Baroque instruments or in need of an instrument, contact us at jk@jeaninekrause.com so we can determine if we can meet your personal needs in the scope of this retreat.

WHEN: 17-22 October 2022

REGISTRATION CLOSES: 20 September 2022

WHERE:

Jugendherberge Freusburg
Burgstraße 46
57548 Kirchen (Sieg)

GERMANY

COVID 19: We are subject to the hygiene rules of the German government and the policies of the Youth Hostel Freusburg.

The daily schedule includes 3 meals, Kaffee & Kuchen, reed making, coaching and oboe band or dancing sessions.

SCHOLARSHIP: Students may be eligible for scholarship to cover coaching and teaching. (Please note, travel, room, board and materials costs are not covered by the scholarship.)

To apply for a scholarship, please submit the following:

  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • short video demonstrating contrasting performance styles
  • cover letter explaining why this is important to you and what outcome you desire

Scholarship applications due by 15 Sept 2022.

Please send all materials to jk@jeaninekrause.com.

COST: your fee includes  a non-refundable €75 administration fee*, 4 reed making sessions, a 1 on 1 lesson with Adam, Jennifer or Jeanine, 4 coached chamber music sessions, oboe band rehearsal [gratis], 2 Baroque dance lessons, collaborative basso continuo (bassoon or cello and harpsichord), and a lifetime membership in the Sprightly Companions online community portal.

* The administration fee is applied to your retreat payment. If you need to cancel for any reason, you receive a full refund minus the €75  administration fee. 

Costs for Room & Board at Castle Freusburg are not included in the registration fee.

For reference:

Single Room with all meals = € 57.90 per day (5 days = € 289.50)
Shared Room (2 guests) with all meals = € 49.90 per day (5 days = € 249,50)

TRAVEL & TRANSFER: The Freusburg Castle is easy to reach using the German train system. Airports: Frankfurt Int’l and Köln/Bonn.

Travel costs are not included in the retreat fee. We do however coordinate carpool transfers so you will be asked if you intend to drive and/or if you would like a ride.

FOR FURTHER QUERIES: contact Jeanine at jk@jeaninekrause.com or Adam at adamoboe1@hotmail.com.

Is this retreat right for me?

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Click the button and schedule a brief Zoom call. Tell us who you are and where you are in your Baroque oboe journey. We will find out together whether this workshop is right for you.

Castle Freusburg Baroque Double Reed Retreat

€ 1497.00 *

*  We’ll refund 20 % if you recommend a colleague or friend who registers and attends.

  • Administration fee (€ 75) **
  • 4 reed making sessions
  • 4 coached chamber music sessions (further sessions may be organized without a coach)
  • 2 lessons in Baroque Dance with Peter Hoffmann
  • a 1-on-1 coaching session with Jeanine or Adam
  • life-long free access to the “Sprightly Companions” online community platform

**  If for any reason you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund minus the €75 administration fee.

Costs for Room & Board at Castle Freusburg are not included in the registration fee.

For reference:

Single Room with all meals = € 57.90 per day (5 days = € 289.50)
Shared Room (2 guests) with all meals = € 49.90 per day (5 days = € 249,50)