The Western American oboe reed as constructed by John Ellis

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
III. Ronnal Vanté Ford (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Ashley Barret

Abstract: John Ellis, oboist for numerous Hollywood movie scores, was partially responsible for bringing the Western American oboe reed style to the east coast of the United States. As the former oboe professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) from 1984 to 2010, he imparted a reed-making style that was popular on the west coast on his students on the east coast. His contributions as a performer include Grammy-Award-winning film scores such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Angela’s Ashes, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in addition to the Grammy nominated film score Munich. Despite his achievements and accolades, his name is little known outside the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. This document will provide a brief biography of John Ellis, discuss the origin of his reed-making style, compare his reed-making style to the standard American Long Scrape style started by Marcel Tabuteau, and discuss how his students have modified his style, with the goal of making his contributions more widely known and his reed-making style more available to professional and aspiring oboists.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
John Ellis, Oboe, Reed
Ellis, John, $d 1943-
Oboe reeds

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