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Czech music with its rich tradition can be traced back to Baroque masterworks by Jan Dismas Zelenka, Classical compositions by Franz Krommer, Jan Vaclav Antonin Stamitz and his sons Carl and Anton, Johann Baptist Vanhal, and Romantic music by Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana. These are just a few names from a list of composers whose compositions became widely recognized and programmed in concerts of leading orchestras and chamber groups.

Because of my keen interest in contemporary music and love for Czech music, my doctoral research specialized in “Contemporary Czech Oboe Music: A Survey of Works from the Moravian Region of the Czech Republic Written Since 1969.” 

I have given recitals featuring Czech music at the International Double Reed Society Conferences (2005, 2007, and 2010) and published an article summarizing my findings and an interview with leading Czech oboe scholar, Miroslav Hosek, in the IDRS Journal. 

In 2010, I performed at the Czech and Slovak Music and Related Arts Conference, among other works a world premiere of Karel Husa’s Four Bohemian Sketches. 

In 2011, a compact disc the “Czech and Moravian Oboe Music” was released by Centaur Records and features works by lesser known composers Pavel Masek, Jiri Teml, Edvard Schiffauer, Pavel Cotek, Joseph Fiala, Ctirad Kohoutek, and Lubomir Kozeluha. My newest compact disc "Petr Eben: Chamber Music for Oboe" was released on the Toccata Classics label on June 3, 2013.

RECITALS AND PRESENTATIONS

• Karel Husa's Four Bohemian Sketches, Czech and Slovak Music and Related Arts Conference, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, April 23 - 25, 2010

• “Pavel Masek’s Oboe Quartets,” International Double Reed Society Conference, Oklahoma University, June 2, 2010

• “Contemporary Oboe and Violin Music from Prague,” International Double Reed Society Conference, Ithaca, New York, June 2007

• Lecture-recital “Contemporary Czech Oboe Literature Written after 1969 in the Moravian Region of the Czech Republic,” International Double Reed Society Conference, Austin, Texas, June 2005

ARTICLE DOWNLOADS

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• "Contemporary Czech Oboe Music: An Analytical Survey of Works from the Moravian Region of the Czech Republic Written Since 1969." — DMA Research Paper (Please email me if you would like a copy of this article)

"Contemporary Oboe Music from the Moravian Region of the Czech Republic (1969-2002)," The International Double Reed Society Journal 30/3 (Fall 2007): 79-86.

• "Interview with Miroslav Hosek (b. 1931)," The International Double Reed Society Journal 26/2 (Fall 2003): 65-67.


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