This week Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Kristin Leitterman, Assistant Professor of Oboe at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. They'll be talking about ways to allow a young oboist to get the most out of their instrument, advice for music educators who may have oboists in their program, and of course, the importance of always playing with quality reeds. Dr. Leitterman mentions an oboe fingering chart, which you can find below in our resources section. Our conversation was recorded January 3, 2022.
Dr. Kristin Leitterman defies modern convention as a solo artist of oboe and voice, bringing exciting and unusual programs to audiences. She makes it her responsibility to commission works for oboe/voice, with works by Michael-Thomas Foumai, Whitney George, and Lyle Davidson. She has participated in numerous summer festivals and competitions including Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music on the Point, Eastern Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Banff Center for the Arts. She was also a semi-finalist in the Concert Artist Guild’s annual competition in New York City.
In addition to performing, Dr. Leitterman is dedicated to bringing music to the younger generations. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. In addition to teaching oboe, her duties also include Double Reed Techniques, Fundamentals of Music, and coaching small chamber ensembles.
Dr. Leitterman is the Director of the Lucarelli Oboe Master Class, a week-long immersive oboe master class founded by Bert Lucarelli in 1996. She has also presented master classes at Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School, and Southeast Missouri State University. Additionally she has presented lecture recitals at The Juilliard School, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Brazilian Double Reed Society's annual conference in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.
She holds degrees from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, The Hartt School, New England Conservatory, and the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Her teachers include Humbert Lucarelli, Mark McEwen, Barbara Bishop, and Amy Burton.
Promotional Photos by Aleksandr Karjaka. Biography credit: kristinleitterman.com
Oboe Fingering Chart
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