AVIVA Double Reed Ensemble was founded in 2015 in the Hudson Valley region of NY. Originally, we formed as an oboe and bassoon duet consisting of Allison Rubin (oboe/oboe d'amore) and Cornelia McGiver (bassoon). In 2016 we expanded to become a Double Reed Quartet: Allison Rubin (oboe), Joel Evans (oboe), Cornelia McGiver (bassoon), Melissa Brown (bassoon).
We have expanded further to a collective of professional double reed specialists in the Hudson Valley region so that we can perform, educate and inspire youth in the community. Our performers currently include Ann Churukian, Danielle Hoke, Joel Evans and Allison Rubin in the oboe family. Our bassoonists include William Beecher, Melissa Brown, W. John Knight, Cornelia McGiver and Elisabeth Romano. We have enlarged the roster of musicians and the instrumentation has grown as well. Instrumentation includes oboe, oboe d’amore, english horn, musette, bass oboe, bassoon, and contra bassoon.
Members of AVIVA Double Reed Ensemble are graduates of The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Columbia University, Oberlin, Northwestern University, Bard, St. Rose, SUNY Potsdam, University of Maine, City University of New York, Southern Methodist University, Western Connecticut State University, SUNY New Paltz, Hofstra University, Eastman School of Music and Stony Brook University.
Our musicians are affiliated with several prestigious colleges, institutions and ensembles including: Vassar, Yale University, SUNY New Paltz, New Haven Symphony, Dutchess Community College, Hartwick College, Bard, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, West Point Band, Greater Newburgh Symphony, Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Pone Ensemble, Bach Festival, ESYO and Albany Symphony.
We are available to perform in venues such as recital halls, museums, local schools, libraries, art galleries, private house concerts, colleges and for youth orchestras. AVIVA Double Reed Ensemble is available to host Reed Making Sessions or lead Master Classes for oboists and bassoonists in the Hudson Valley region, primarily serving Ulster County, Dutchess County, Orange County and Columbia County in New York.
If you are an educator, and would like AVIVA Double Reed Ensemble to perform for your music students, please contact Allison Rubin at 917-882-0569 or Allison