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Aage N.
Lake Arrowhead, California
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Beginner, Intermediate
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Do not be afraid to start as a beginner on the oboe! Double reed playing is quite literally as old as the hills, and one of my specialties is historical double reed instruments. While teaching the Woodwind Methods class at Northwest Nazarene University, I gave modern oboe and bassoon as much attention as flute, clarinet, and saxophone, and the students thrived, never learning to fear the instruments, as is usually the case in university courses of this type. If you love the sound half as much as I do, you may have just found your musical voice, so let's get started!
About Aage N.

Oregon native Aage (pronounced like Owen without N) has been teaching woodwinds to students of all ages for thirty years. He has performed throughout the US and Denmark, as well as Iceland (International Viola Congress) and Holland (World Bass Clarinet Conference). He taught for many years at The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, and performed for over twenty years with the Boise Philharmonic and Darkwood Consort. He has released three CDs on Portland-based Rampur Records, received a 2007 Performing Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and is the leading scholar and performer of the douçaine (early oboe). He teaches both modern and historical winds, with the unique twist of encouraging students of both modern instruments such as clarinet or saxophone, and early instruments such as recorder and double-reeds, to engage in everything from medieval and traditional music to jazz and classical. Aage enjoys teaching students of all ages, from beginning to college level, including homeschoolers and adult beginners.


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Aage is extremely knowledgeable and patient. I have been delighted to have his help!

Posted Aug 20, 2021
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A great first lesson. Aage was able to identify my level and chart a course for lessons quickly, drawing on lots of resources and knowledge. I’m just starting clarinet with plenty of saxophone experience, and I think Aage is the right person to guide me.

Posted Jan 8, 2020
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Kind, patient and obviously knowledgeable.

Posted Jan 26, 2019
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English Missal Editor
Aug 2017 - Present
OCP (Oregon Catholic Press)
Tenor voice, bass clarinet, douçaine, English horn
Apr 2015 - Present
Big Mouth Society
Medieval, Renaissance, & modern vocal and instrumental group
Bass Clarinet/Co-director
Mar 1992 - Present
Darkwood Consort
Bass Clarinet & Viola duo with Jennifer Drake Collaborative ensemble with other musicians, as well as dance and theater companies. Performance highlights include: the first World Bass Clarinet Conference in the Netherlands, 2005 XXXIII Viola Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland, 2005 Performances in Denmark, and throughout the United States. Represented Denmark twice for the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle, Washington.
Sep 2018 - Jul 2021
Medieval music on period instruments.
Douçaine, English horn, and co-director
Jan 2012 - Dec 2019
Ensemble Aalto
Historical and new music for douçaine or English horn and organ.
Jun 2011 - Dec 2014
Mount Angel Abbey/Ensemble Aalto
Assisted in liturgical music at the abbey on douçaine and voice (as cantor), provided resident ensemble concerts in the abbey/seminary library auditorium, taught private lessons to seminarians, and taught monastic history and public reading to the novices.
Adjunct Professor of Music
Sep 2002 - Jun 2011
The College of Idaho
Taught private lessons (clarinet, bass clarinet) and chamber music.
Adjunct Professor of Music
Sep 2008 - May 2011
Northwest Nazarene University
Taught private lessons (clarinet, bass clarinet), chamber music, Woodwind Methods, pedagogy.
Bass Clarinet
May 1988 - May 2011
Boise Philharmonic
M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Boise State University
B.A. Applied Music
Jan 1986 - May 1991
Northwest Nazarene University
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
International Clarinet Association
Aug 2019
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.
International Double Reed Society
Jan 2015
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.
Early Music America
Jan 2001
Early Music America (EMA) is a not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA's members receive a quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletter, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for grants, awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent.

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