What is the Oboe?

The oboe is a type of double-reed (reed) woodwind instrument. Oboes are most
often made of wood, but can also be made of synthetic materials, such as plastic,
resin, or hybrid composites, with metal keys, a tapered bore, and a flared bell. 
The sound is produced by blowing on the reed at sufficient air pressure, causing
it to vibrate with the column of air. 
The timbre it produces is characterized by having a penetrating sound,
somewhat nasal, sweet and very expressive. 
Today the oboe is commonly used as an orchestral or solo instrument in
symphony orchestras, concert bands, and chamber ensembles. The oboe is
especially used in classical music, film music, some genres of folk music, and is
occasionally heard in jazz, rock, pop, and popular music.

Why the Oboe?

The oboe is an instrument that is not well known and, unlike others, it involves a
more specialized learning process. Not only must you learn to play the
instrument, but also the student has to master the process of making reeds.

Without the use of a reed, the oboe produces no sound and without the use of a
good reed the sound suffers. Likewise, it is important to consider that for the
construction of a cane, a separate apprenticeship and specific tools are needed.
Our mission is born from the consistent lack of these resources, teachers and
schools in San Pedro Sula, and consists of providing Honduran youth with the
hope of pursuing studies and continuing the oboe legacy in our country.

The Oboe Reeds

The oboe reed is made up of a piece of wood called a cane, which comes from the
bamboo reed known as Arundo donax. The piece is folded in half and tied with a nylon
thread to a cork-covered brass tube called a staple. Once the cane is tied, it is scraped
with a special knife to make it vibrate correctly.

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How does the Oboe open doors?


Did you know that the oboe is an unconventional instrument and that it can open many doors for you to study abroad?

Because the oboe is not a common instrument or played by many, it is considered an instrument in high demand. Universities and professors abroad
are eager to recruit students who play the oboe very well. They almost always offer partial or full scholarships for bachelor’s, master’s, artist diploma,
professional certificate, and/or doctorate degrees.

Did you know that the oboe is used in symphony orchestras and in classical and popular wind bands?
The oboe is a very versatile instrument that, due to its sweet and expressive sound, is often featured in emotional melodies in successful movies and other
productions such as commercials.

Outstanding oboists in Honduras

Roberto Varela
Oboe teacher at the “Francisco Ramón Díaz Zelaya” National Conservatory of Music. Former professor at the Victoriano López School of Music. Former director of the Symphony Orchestra and Youth Band of the National Conservatory. Former principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras. First oboe of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Director of the Honduran Air Force Martial Band.
Leonel Lopez
Oboe professor at the National University of Honduras, former director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras. Former professor at the Victoriano López School of Music. Current oboe professor at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Music Director of the Symphonic Band of the Honduran Armed Forces.
Marlon Herrera
Director of the Honduran Armed Forces Symphonic Band. Composer and arranger. Former oboe teacher at the National School of Music and the Victoriano López School of Music.

Other outstanding oboists in Honduras

Masai Sagastume
principal oboist in the Band of Supreme Powers.
Nuzzly Reyes
oboists in the Symphonic Band of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Anny Garcia
oboists in the Symphonic Band of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Ana Mendoza
oboists in the Symphonic Band of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Outstanding Oboists Abroad

Allison Flores
student at Northwestern State University pursuing a degree in Music Education.
Fernando Martinez
Co-principal oboist in the Düsseldorfer Orchestra in Germany. Member of the Pacific Quintet. Artist Diploma from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. Graduated from the "Felix Mendelssohn" School of Music and Theater in Leipzig, Germany.
Jose Ricardo Salazar
Master of Music with an emphasis in Music Education and Choral Direction from the University of Mississippi Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Pittsburgh, Kansas.
Mateo Martinez
principal oboe of the Salina Orchestra and Orchestra Director at Junction City High School USD 475 in Junction City, Kansas, USA. Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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