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24 January 2008

Chamber Music Concert Featuring Guest Oboist Justin Hummer and Faculty Bassoonist Eryn Oft

The Jacksonville State University Music Department's faculty and guest recital features guest oboist Justin Hummer and faculty bassoonist Eryn Oft in a double reed recital on Friday evening at Mason Hall Performing Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Oboist and English Horn performer Justin Hummer enjoys an extensive professional performing career. Currently he serves as Airman First Class with the Air Force Band in Scott, Illinois, and he performs regularly with the St. Louis Philharmonic.

Justin began his oboe studies at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. He then continued his education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, earning his Bachelor and Masters of Music in performance, as well as a Performance Certificate.

His principal teachers include Theodore Baskin (of the Montreal Symphony), Linda Strommen (Professor of Oboe at Indiana University), and Nicholas Daniel (International Soloist).

Performer, Educator and Conductor Eryn Oft engages in a versatile musical career. In all of her endeavors she strives to communicate and connect with audiences of all cultures and demographics.

A bassoonist by nature Eryn gravitates towards the study and education of the double reeds. As a performer, Eryn began her solo bassoon career at the age of seventeen performing with the Oregon Symphony. In 2004, she graduated with honors from Indiana University, receiving her masters and undergraduate degrees in bassoon performance with a minor in early music.

Since then Eryn has performed with orchestras and chamber music groups throughout Europe, Mexico, the US and Canada. As an artist, she believes in the importance of new music and has commissioned new works including the recent work Bassooze for bassoon and string bass by Robert Aldridge.

Her bassoon teachers have included Kim Walker, Stephane Levesque and Mark Eubanks.

As an educator she has taught classes at the collegiate level in music technology, music theory, music history, music therapy, pedagogy, private lessons, chamber ensemble coaching and conducting. Eryn began her pedagogical career at Indiana University where she served as an Assistant Instructor of Bassoon. She then continued on to Snow College where she served as an Assistant Professor of music.

Currently she teaches at Jacksonville State University as instructor of double reeds and music history.

In all of her ventures, Eryn strives for a broad range of musical perspective based in theoretical and historical based concepts of art and philosophy.

Note: Information about Eryn Oft cited here from the JSU Music Department Website. See

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