Torrey Stadtner Creative Page
Dear music friends, from all over the world, my name is Torrey, son of David and Tasha Stadtner , I play the oboe, flute,
recorder, mandolin and harmonica. I started when I was 19. I studied one year at the university of the Pacific
with Bob Davis.
and then with Mr. Ted Bonkowski for 13 years. Every Saturday I spent the entire afternoon at his house. First he
tune up the oboe, and then my reeds. I played a lession and a piece,and then we played duets. And when my lip
gave out, he would play through a giant book of orchestral studies for another hour. He taught me how to make
and play on French reeds, and use a jaw vibrato.
I just found out about the International Double Reed Society a few years ago. I am going to try to go to
all of them. I have been to Ithica, Provo, and Birmingham. The next one is in Oaklahoma, then Arizona, and then
Italy, Rome. If you haven't been to a IDRS convention near you ...your'e missing out on alot of oboe/Bassoon fun
for five days straight!
I play with a string quartet every week, with Cecil Rendon , Rita Wilcox, Darwin Sarnarnoff, Caren, Joann Bates, and the new joy of my life , Joy Hope.
. And I play recorder, oboe, and boneaphone at the Renaissance fairs.
** And my latest adventure is to help my friend, Opoku start a music and art school in Ghana, in his town called
Kibi, about 55 miles from the capital of Accra. It is a non-profit organization.
I was there last year for the first time. We connected with Dr. Kwabena Nketia and the National Orchestra
of Ghana. And wouldn't you know it, they did not have an oboe player. They had four oboes. Three were broken,
and one took two hours to adjust. So I played the scale and a song or two. A young clarinetist who had been
watching me the whole time looked me in the eyes and said, "just give me a finger schart". So I gave him a bunch
of books and reeds and a quick lesson. It has been two years and he is still playing. Since then, we have developed
a wonderful relationship with the National Orchestra of Ghana.
We have a place , teachers instruments and more. Meanwhile,we will use the high school until our building
gets fixed. You can see it at Ghama.org
So, If you find yourself in the neihborhood of Ghana and you have some music or art or dance, ect...come to
Kibi and teach at the Ghanean Academy of Music and Art in exchange for a place to live with lots of good food and
drink and fun people to share it with. After your teaching is done for the day , you can do whatever you want.
Which might just be to have a jam session with all the other locals. Some of the brass and piano players already
read music, and there are many churches with pianos or organs. But , other than that there is nothing, not even
a ping pong table. So please, if you have anything you want to donate, books, tapes, records, scores, instruments,
advice, gold, or silver, or keleyWeley, please send me a letter.
*** We are going to send our instruments and music scores in a few monthes.!!!
The other main music event is called Lark camp. It is an international folk classical music singing and dancing
festival that lasts a week in Mendicino california. Look up Larkcamp.com This takes place every August1-7..
They have classes all day and concerts and dances all night. I was the only oboe one year. Next year there
were two of us. We played the Brandenberg Concerto #2 and replaced the trumpet with an oboe .
And also, a get away to the High Sierra to a place called Silver Lake on Carson Pass, California. About 7556 feet high.
I love to play tennis every Saturday and Sunday mornings(Roger Rabbit school of tennis)
I also love to play Aikido Tue, Wed, Thur. and more
I love to travel.
I have been to Japan, Thailand, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, France, England, Ireland,
canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Ghana, Kenya, and Somalia.
And, I am planning on Ghana soon. years. And Ghana depends on how our school and funds develope.
I also want to go Spain, Holland, Denmark, Norway, and of coarce back to mex,.fr. Itlay, and Ghana!!!
And boy can I waste alot of time on this #^%&(*^ computer.
Meanwhile, I have to make money to finance these crazy adventures, so I work as a home health nurse m-f.
We are waiting for a grant from Bill Gates or Oprah. Wish us luck!
I hope you found this interesting, Torrey
Updated: December 15, 2011
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