The oboe is similar in appearance to a clarinet, but it is played using a "double reed" instead of a single reed and mouthpiece. Selection of oboe players is EXTREMELY limited. VERY few will actually be selected for oboe.
Physical Characteristics: Students with profound overbites or underbites would have EXTREME difficulties producing good sounds on the oboe since the embouchure requires equal pressure on both sides of the reed at the same placement.
Other Considerations: Because the oboe is such a difficult instrument to master, only students with high academic performance records will be considered. Students who choose (and are selected) to play oboe are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to take weekly private lessons. Students are required to maintain a supply of 3-4 high-quality reeds at ALL times. Students with a history of disciplinary trouble will NOT be considered for oboe.
The financial trade-off for having to take lessons and keep a stock of working reeds is that Benold MS provides oboes for students at a cost of $100 for an entire school year for routine maintenance.
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3% of students will be selected for OBOE
OBOE PERSONALITY: Studious