Double Reed Day

***The LSU School of Music administration, in coordination with Professors Hale and Pennington, has decided to postpone Double Reed Day 2020. At this time, there have been no cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Louisiana State University, however, our guest artists based in New York and California have encountered difficulties with traveling cross-country to this event. We very much regret these circumstances, but the health and safety of our performers and participants is paramount.

Information about refunding participant fees will be sent shortly. Please check your emails and social media accounts for an announcement about a rescheduled date for Double Reed Day in the Fall of 2020.***


The LSU School of Music is pleased to present the 9th Annual Double Reed Day on March 7, 2020.

This event is for double reed enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Professionals, students, teachers, and music directors are all welcome. This year's guest artists, Richard Beene (Bassoon, The Colburn School) and Pedro Díaz (English Horn, Metropolitan Opera), are renowned for their artistry and teaching expertise. LSU faculty Johanna Cox Pennington and Darrel Hale will join them for a day of master classes that will culminate in a Grand Finale concert including all guest artist faculty and Double Reed participants.

The registration fee includes lunch, a Double Reed Day T-shirt, as well as access to all master classes, exhibits, and performance.

Directions to the School of Music


Early Registration: $25 (ends Feb. 21)

Late Registration: $40 (ends March 7)

Guest Artists

Richard Beene

Richard Beene, Dean Emeritus of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, enjoys an active career as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. He currently is Professor of Bassoon, serves as Chair of the Wind and Percussion departments, and teaches chamber music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. His students hold numerous orchestral and teaching positions throughout the United States. Mr. Beene’s approach to training the next generation of world-class bassoonists occurs at the intersection of physical awareness, deep study in the craft of reed making, and a systematic approach to teaching the canon of the bassoon repertoire. Understanding how this triangle combines empowers his students to take control of their own learning process throughout their careers.

In addition to performing numerous times with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Beene has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While maintaining his teaching schedule in Michigan, he also held the position of Principal Bassoon with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, where he performed many times as a soloist.

In 2001, while serving as Professor of Bassoon at the University of Michigan, he was awarded the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching and, in 2013, he was recognized by the University of Texas in their Distinguished Teacher Series. He has been invited to present master classes and teaching residencies at a number of institutions, including the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, McGill University, and many others. He has also served on the faculties of Michigan State University, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Wichita State University.

Music festival engagements have included the Saint Bart’s Music Festival, Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina, Colorado Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains, Savannah Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Buzzards Bay Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, and many others.

Pedro Díaz

Before being named Solo English Horn with the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera in 2005, Pedro Díaz had performed extensively on five continents. He has served extended tenures as oboe and/or English horn with the Filarmonica Jalisco (Mexico), the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain), the Natal Philharmonic (South Africa) and the Pittsburgh Opera. His appearances as soloist include those at the Spoleto (Italy) Festival, with the New York Symphonic Ensemble (Japan tour), The Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and with the Puerto Rico Symphony. Two solo appearences at the International Double Reed Society's conventions, one of them the performance of Michael Daugherty's "Spaghetti Western."

Mr Díaz has lectured at Juilliard, Manhatan School of Music, The Hartt Music School, Duquesne University, the IDRS convention in Norman, Oklahoma and in Panama as well as in Italy, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. He recently gave master classes in Leipzig and Berlin.

Aspen, Le Domaine Forget (Quebec), Bel Canto Institute, FOSJA (Puerto Rico) and the Panama Double reed Festival are a few of the many festivals with which Mr. Díaz has collaborated as performer/teacher. A native of Puerto Rico, he received his early musical training there in the "Escuela Libre de Musica", an esteemed public school for the performing arts. Along with his current duties at the Met, Mr. Díaz is a member of the faculties of The Juilliard School, as well as Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Stony Brook University.