Welcome to the website of the Oboe Studio at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music! My name is Howard Niblock, and I am the oboe professor at Lawrence. I hope this website can begin to give you a sense of the quality, quantity, and variety of activities that take place here.
I have been at Lawrence since 1981, and I am enormously enthusiastic about the experiences and opportunities presented to young musicians at this unique school. Since we are exclusively an undergraduate institution, all instruction is given by faculty members, and of course all positions in our superb major ensembles are held by undergraduates. First-year oboe students tend to see me personally a great deal: four times each week! (A lesson, a studio class, a reed class, and a freshman-only technique class.) In addition, the Conservatory experiences are deepened and enriched by the close relationship we have with an outstanding liberal arts college, and nearly half the students in the oboe studio are pursuing multiple majors or degrees in the 5-year program.
One huge future event deserves special interest and mention: Lawrence University will be hosting the 2017 annual conference of the International Double Reed Society! This will present an extraordinary opportunity for conservatory students to meet, hear, and learn from superb artists from around the nation and around the world. It will also afford an opportunity for those artists to experience the fine facilities and the wonderful atmosphere found here on our Appleton campus. Gear up for June of 2017!
A CD of my performances can be found on Amazon.
For more information, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.