Pre-College Oboe & Bassoon

June 20 – 25, 2022

Designed primarily for high school aged oboe and bassoon students, this program focuses on strengthening the fundamentals of technique and musicianship including; orchestral excerpts, reed-making, college audition preparation, warm-up exercises, technical development, masterclasses, group lessons and individual practice. Students will be exposed to a wide range of repertoire and gain perspective in all aspects of oboe & bassoon practice and performance.

Format: In-person on the Urbana-Champaign campus.


  • For students completing grades 8-12.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 – 9:15 am: Individual Practice
9:30 – 10:30 am: Reed Making Class
10:45 – 11:45 am: Pre-College Chamber Music hour (woodwind quintets and ensembles)
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Ensemble Rehearsal/Workshops
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Master Class
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Electives
5:15 pm: Dinner and Evening Activities
10:30 pm: Lights out

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form (opens December 1)
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2022.
  • Audition Information will be available after February 1, 2022.


  • Resident – $850 (tuition, room and board)
  • Commuter – $550 (tuition and lunch only)

Program Faculty

John Dee, Oboe, University of Illinois

John Dee is the Bill A. Nugent Endowed Professor of Music Performance and Professor of Oboe Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also served as a Visiting Professor at DePaul University in Chicago for two years, replacing the former Principal Oboe of the Chicago Symphony. For over twenty years he was the Principal Oboe of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera (Miami-Palm Beach) and at the same time, he was the Oboe Professor at the University of Miami and Artist in Residence at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University. Prior to this, John was Principal Oboe of the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with orchestras such as the: Hong Kong, Chicago, Saint Louis, Atlanta and Columbus Symphony Orchestras and he has worked with such conductors as: Carlo Maria Guilini, Claudio Abbado, Sir Georg Solti and James Levine. His teachers include: June Wollwage and Gladys Elliot of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Daniel Stolper at Interlochen, Robert Mayer and Ray Still of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra-Northwestern University, and John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra-Cleveland Institute of Music.

Read more about Professor Dee here.

Timothy McGovern, Bassoon, The University of Illinois

In addition to his appointment as Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Illinois, Timothy McGovern is currently Principal Bassoonist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Prairie Winds Woodwind Quintet.  He was Associate Principal Bassoon of the Montrèal Symphony Orchestra and Principal Bassoon of the Montrèal Symphonette, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Ravinia Festival Orchestra.  His bassoon teachers included L. Hugh Cooper, Sherman Walt, Willard Elliot, Wilbur Simpson and Ronald Noble.  During the spring term of 2008, Professor McGovern was a Visiting Associate Professor of Bassoon at Indiana University.  He has also been a faculty member at McGill University, the University of Delaware and St. Cloud State University.  He attended Northwestern University and the University of Michigan and is the recipient of two Tanglewood Music Center Fellowships.

Read more about Professor McGovern here.