Embark on a journey into the world of double reed instruments with our Discovery Day. Designed for students of AMEB Grade 4 and above, this event provides a unique opportunity to explore the intricacies of oboe and bassoon performance under leading double reed specialists. The day will feature insights and workshops led by Nicole Tait, Principal Bassoonist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Dr Eve Newsome, a specialist in Oboe Performance and Pedagogy; and Patrick Nolan, the Director of Woodwinds and Brass at The University of Queensland. This Discovery Day is more than just a learning experience—it’s a chance to connect with fellow double reed enthusiasts, play music in a collaborative environment and benefit from the insights and teachings of distinguished professionals. Whether you’re looking to improve your performance skills, gain new musical insights, or simply enjoy a day filled with music and friendship, this event promises to be both educational and enjoyable. Join us to celebrate the beauty of double reed instruments and take your musical career to the next level.

Nicole Tait
Section Principal, QSO

Eve Newsome
Specialist in oboe performance and pedagody

Patrick Nolan
UQ Wind and Brass Director

Please bring the following items:

  • your instrument
  • one or two of your favourite pieces that you are currently working on
  • a water bottle
  • lunch and snacks (please note that over the weekends no on-campus cafes are open).



Session 1

Building a Solid Foundation
Breathing, warm-ups, basics and practice techniques

Session 2

Ensemble Playing 1
Ensemble playing



Session 3
1:15–2:45 pm

Specific Instrument Masterclasses
Present a small portion of a prepared piece.

Session 4

Ensemble Playing 2
Ensemble playing

Session 5

Short Concert and Q & A 
Options beyond High School Q&A.
Ask about performance opportunities, tertiary study at The University of Queensland and pathways to a career.
Parents encouraged to attend this session.


About 2024 Discovery Days

The School of Music takes pride in hosting Discovery Days that serve a twofold purpose. Firstly, these events extend targeted support to woodwind, brass and percussion students, and by extension, their teachers. They are tailored to address specific needs of their instrument groups, fostering an environment that nurtures students and supports their aspirations, particularly those who may contemplate music studies at the tertiary level.

Secondly, these events are an opportunity to provide invaluable insights and information regarding the study of tertiary music at The University of Queensland, encompassing both the Bachelor of Music program and a diverse range of dual degree options. Through these engaging events, aspiring musicians can explore the wide array of academic offerings and resources available at the university, enabling them to make informed decisions about their educational journey.

The School of Music proudly offers a variety of dual degree options that combine music with other disciplines, attracting a growing number of music students each year. Gone are the days when students were compelled to relinquish their passion for music in favour of pursuing other areas of study. Now, they can wholeheartedly pursue their musical passion while simultaneously expanding their knowledge in other chosen disciplines such as Arts, Science, or Education. This integration allows students to enjoy a well-rounded education and embrace their diverse interests.


Room 434, School of Music, The University of Queensland
Nickson Room