Woodwind Section of the Orchestra

What is the Oboe?

The Oboe is an instrument that looks a bit like the clarinet but has a reed on the end that you blow into.

This is where people who play the Oboe would sit in the Orchestra

This photo is a bit more detailed showing how many pieces of that type of instrument are in that part of the Orchestra. It also tells you a bit about the Orchestra

Have any famous people played the Oboe?

You would be surprised to know that many actors and actresses such as Jennifer Garner, Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman and Richard Gere have played the Oboe

Who is famous for playing the Oboe?

Mozart wrote a piece of very famous music for the Oboe called the Oboe Quartet

Roy Carter was born in 1949 and has been playing the Oboe since he was 10 years old. His Orchestral career started when he was playing for the Philarmonia Orchestra as Co-Principal Oboe and then the English National Opera Orchestra as Principal Oboe

Gabriel's Oboe

The Parts of the Oboe

The oboe consists of two sections, the upper joint which is for your left hand and the lower joint is for your right hand.

At the top there is the reed that you blow into and it is made out of reed,

Just below the reed is the staple,

Next is the Rod System,

Then there is the Upper Octave Keys,

Then the Little Finger Keys,

After that there is the Keywork,

Last but not least is the Bell where all the sound comes out of.