OboeBass! has effectively created a new repertoire for duo oboe/English horn and double bass through the music that has been written for them. They perform widely across the country on recital series, at colleges and universities, and at conferences of the International Double Reed Society and International Society of Bassists. Their performance for the book launch of Kate DiCamillo’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio’s Talking Volumes Program. They present a recital series of the Lakeville Area Arts Center featuring a variety of chamber ensembles. As Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie, they present educational programs linking music and children’s literature for schools, libraries, and bookstores.
Currently OboeBass! performs across the State of Minnesota as Recipients of Arts Tour Minnesota (recitals and residencies) and Arts Learning (for senior residence music learning series) grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Concurrently they are Roster Artists for the South Dakota Arts Council, and present in-school Young People’s Concert previews for the Minnesota Orchestra’s YPSCA. They have been Roster Artists with Young Audiences of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Partnering Artists with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s CONNECT Program and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s “Music to You” program. Awards include a 2007 Jerome Composers Commissioning Program Grant for Margaret Griebling-Haigh’s Askelad and the Seven Silver Ducks, a 2009 Subito Grant to record Askelad, a 2007 Subito Grant in support of recording their debut duo CD, “It Takes Two . . .” for Centaur Records, and a 2006 American Composers Forum Encore Grant in support of performances of Andrea Clearfield’s Three Songs for Oboe and Double Bass after Poems by Pablo Neruda. In 2014 they released two new recordings on CDBaby.com, Askelad and the Seven Silver Ducks (book/CD), and The Story of Babar the Little Elephant, both composed by Margaret Greibling-Haigh, and recorded at Minnesota Public Radio Studios. Their most recent recording, Monk Fish Tango, came out in 2016, and features music for English horn and double bass by Timothy Goplerud. (Click this link to find out where you can purchase OboeBass! recordings.)
Carrie Vecchione, oboe/English horn, teaches at the MacPhail Center for Music, subs with the Minnesota Orchestra and appears as Principal Oboe of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. She previously subbed for the Indianapolis Symphony, and was a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Muncie Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, New Orleans Ballet, Acadiana Symphony, Natchez Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Vineyard Opera, Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar, and the NOA National Orchestra of New York. She has soloed in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and performed at many national conferences. Solo premieres include Timothy Goplerud’s Concerto for English horn, and Transformations for Oboe and String Orchestra by Dinos Constantinides. In 2012-13 she taught at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, as a sabbatical leave replacement for Christa Garvey. She previously taught at St. Olaf College and at Ball State University, where she performed with the resident faculty ensemble, the Musical Arts Quintet, and created and hosted the John de Lancie Master Classes and the Reed Maker’s Workshops. She served on the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Center, the International Peace Gardens Music Camp, and has been an adjudicator and clinician locally and nationally. She received Doctoral and Bachelor degrees from Louisiana State University, and her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Joseph Robinson, Earnest Harrison and Mark Ostoich.
Rolf Erdahl, double bass, teaches bass at Gustavus Adolphus College and is Principal Bass of the Mankato Symphony. He subs for the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera. Previously Principal Bass of the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, he has subbed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Miami Beach Basstet, and White Noise Chamber Players. He has taught bass at the Luther College, Lutheran Summer Music Festival, the University of Manitoba, Ball State University, Wichita State University, the Sewanee Music Festival, and the North Carolina Governor’s School. He graduated from St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and the Peabody Conservatory. Fulbright and Scandinavian-American Foundation Scholar studies in Norway culminated in his doctoral dissertation on the music of Grieg. Eugene Levinson has been his major teacher. He has also studied with Chris Brown, Fred Bretschger, Peter Lloyd, Bruce Bransby, Paul Ellison, Hal Robinson, and James Clute.