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SEMO Double Reed Day will be held virtually on Zoom on February 20, 2021. Hosted by Instructor of Double Reeds Ms. Jenna Sehmann, this event will feature a group warm up, breakout sessions for oboe and bassoon, and a streamed recital. Bassoonist Shawn Seguin will be featured as the 2021 guest artist.
Since this year’s Double Reed Day isn’t able to be held in-person, Ms. Sehmann is also offering a FREE online half hour lesson to all high school oboists and bassoonists that attend. If interested, please indicate this on the registration form and you will be contacted about scheduling your lesson shortly.
Jenna Sehmann is an oboist and Instructor of Double Reeds and Music History at Southeast Missouri State University. Jenna previously served as oboe faculty at Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA) and Mount Mercy University (Cedar Rapids, IA). Ms. Sehmann holds a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in both music performance and music industry from Eastern Kentucky University. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Iowa and will complete her thesis recording project in 2021. Major influences on Ms. Sehmann's career include Dr. Courtney Miller, Dr. Mark Ostoich, and Dr. Julie Smith.
Ms. Sehmann is an accomplished soloist and has won several competitions and awards. Most notably, she was the Kentucky chapter winner of the 2018 National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwinds competition, competing nationally in Chautauqua, NY in May 2018. She was also the second-place winner of the Mary Ann Starring Memorial Award in Woodwinds/Brass as part of the 2018 Sigma Alpha Iota Triennial Graduate Performance Awards. Other accomplishments include the 2017 MTNA Woodwinds Young Artist Competition (Kentucky division winner), and the 2016 recipient of the NAfME Carolyn Nelson Double Reed Award.
Ms. Sehmann has also performed in orchestral and chamber music settings at the Bay View Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, Trentino Music Festival, and Taneycomo Festival Orchestra. Professionally, Jenna has performed with the Quad Cities Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Dubuque Symphony, Ottumwa Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, and the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas.
In addition to performing, Jenna also has an interest in music history, and completed her secondary area studies in musicology during her doctoral coursework. Her current research is related to her Doctoral capstone project, which will feature recordings of works for oboe inspired by literature. This project highlights two of Jenna’s greatest interests: oboe performance and theatrical literature and performance. Ms. Sehmann was recently named the sole recipient of the 2020 Sigma Alpha Iota Doctoral Grant in order to further her studies on this subject.
A devoted chamber musician, Jenna the oboist and Director of Operations of the Wild Prairie Winds. A non-profit organization, the mission of Wild Prairie Winds is to promote the performance and education of chamber music through adventurous programming at diverse venues. Passionate about nature conservation, Wild Prairie Winds works closely with environmental protection organizations to support prairie restoration and wildlife protection in the Midwest.
Bassoonist Shawn Seguin is an in-demand educator and performer. Mr. Seguin has worked with ensembles across the country, including Des Moines Symphony, The Dallas Winds, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Philharmonic, and served as acting Principal Bassoon for Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale (Midland, TX). As a soloist, Mr. Seguin focuses on performing new and neglected compositions and performance mediums. These performances have been featured at universities across the nation and national and international conferences, including the International Double Reed Society’s annual conferences. His transcriptions have seen worldwide performances and are available at KOR Publishing and TrevCo.
Along with his active performing schedule, Mr. Seguin serves as the bassoonist and Director of Education and Programming of the Wild Prairie Winds. A non-profit organization, the Wild Prairie Winds’ mission is to promote the performance and education of chamber music and nature conservation.
Currently, Mr. Seguin is finishing up his doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, where he is an Iowa Performance Fellowship recipient, one of the universities’ most prestigious fellowships. He served as the Teaching Assistant to the bassoon studio and was the winner of the university's 2017 Concerto Competition. His teachers include Carl Rath, Jeffrey Lyman, and Benjamin Coelho.
10:00 a.m.: Double Reed Day introductions, group warm up session
11:00 a.m.: Oboe breakout session with Ms. Sehmann
Bassoon breakout session with Shawn Seguin
12:00 p.m.: “Double Reed Potpourri” recital, featuring recent performances by Jenna Sehmann, Shawn Seguin, and the SEMO double reed students.
For questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Sehmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 651-2141