About Oboe Brilliance
Mission: To compose, teach and make available a comprehensive repertoire for oboe solo, oboe ensemble and oboe in ensemble for oboists of all ages, skill levels and nationalities as well as a special pedagogy nurturing both technical elegance and integrated artistic depth.
Oboe Brilliance was founded in 2010, by Kathryn J. Potter, when she initially self published three books, under Oboe Brilliance Inc., which she composed for the students in her music studio.
Those three books are:
In Adoration of the Earth
12 progressive études for solo oboe
The Secrets of Ravens
7 intermediate duets composed, celebrating the accomplishments of Cheryl Tuttle, an adult oboe student at the time.
Flying with Ravens into the Night
oboe quartet # 1 for the Monday Oboe Choir.
(A brief history of first 8 books) Soon thereafter, K.J.P. was approached by publisher Gilles Manchec, of ARMIANE, then located in Versailles, France to publish those first three books. In 2011, K.J.P. signed contracts and Monsieur Gilles Manchec who then took over copyright and editing. His work and artistry as a copyist is in all the works from 2011 to 2015. In 2013, ARMIANE was sold to Gille’s cousin Marie-Ange Fultier, owner of FORTIN thus creating FORTIN-ARMIANE, which now controls copyright and printing of the first 8 publications of Oboe Brilliance Founder's compositions, and is located in Paris, France. Marie-Ange titled the books in the 100 Flower Series and with help of her son in law, used the lovely painting for the cover for wood wind quintet no. 1 ‘Songe’s d’un couer épris’ composed by K.J.P. commissioned in honor of and part of the medieval festival summer of 2013. FORTIN-ARMIANE, later became under the ownership of Marie-Ange’s daughter, France Monot. K.J.P. signed contracts for Illuminations, Arc en Ciel, A Dozen Roses, and Visions - all for oboe solo in the 100 Flowers Series, as well as Wood Wind Quintet #1, Songes d’un cœur épris with Fortin-Armiane who owns copyright and controls printing. After signing off copyright and printing responsibilities, for those books, she concluded the INC. part of Oboe Brilliance later in 2015, but maintained Oboe Brilliance, as a sole proprietor.
Three Subsequent Releases: In 2018, K.J.P. wishing to maintain copyright, self published three new works: The Mother & Son Mask Project, 12, 2 voice melodies in C, ideal for piano or as oboe and bassoon duets, Dreams of the Black Swan, wind trio for flute, oboe and bassoon, and Flying with Ravens into the Sun, oboe quartet #2, with the help of her son graphic designer and artist, Ivan Potter-Smith and husband Eliot Wadopian, bassist and copyist.
Founder, Kathryn J. Potter was born in 1965, and was hearing music in her head since before she could speak or walk, fell in love with the oboe at age 2 and began her oboe studies in 1974 at age 8, began teaching oboe in 1992, and became a published composer in 2010. From 1992 - 2010 she ran K.J. Potter’s Music studio, where she taught flute, oboe, piano, composition, eurhythmics and music appreciation to children, adults and seniors.
In 2019 she began composing for and playing the oboe d’amore.
K.J.P. is a graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she majored in both oboe performance and composition. Prior, she studied at Ithaca College N.Y. and also Ithaca College London, England. Her childhood was full of ballet, piano and singing. She is passionate about philosophy, poetry, meditation, and mysticism, painting gouache on canvas board, creative writing and is greatly inspired by the cosmos, beauty of the earth and time spent in the wilderness off the electric grid, far from civilization.
Her oboe teachers were Marc Lifschey, Lois Wann, Michael Winfield, Peter Hedrick, and Peter Hertling.
In chronological retrograde, her composition teachers were Eleanore (Eli) Armer and Karel Husa.
To create and establish an “Oboe Brilliance Tree” trunk = philosophical foundation, bough one = comprehensive pedagogy (in progress and life’s work), bough two = repertoire (growing), branches= teachers (once pedagogy is finished and people qualify), leaves = students. And now bough three: a body of solo works etc. for oboe d’amore
1) A unique comprehensive PEDAGOGY for oboists in VII levels which cultivates the compassionate, integrated artist as well as technical instrumental elegance for the oboists of the 21st century and beyond.
2) An original body of REPERTOIRE of oboe solo, oboe ensemble and oboe within ensemble for the oboists of the 21st century and beyond.
3) An international school of certified oboe teachers of OBOE BRILLIANCE devoted to the philosophies, teaching methods, pedagogy and repertoire of Oboe Brilliance.
4) To increase the level of JOY in the universe, through the alchemy of music making by honoring all life and all emotions respectfully and gratefully with the oboe as a type of prayer stick tool transforming all feelings consciously, sacredly into transcendent beauty, along the journey of life as a human. So in other words, establishing a way to be a more compassionate, conscious and loving member of the mysterious universe via the art of LIFE LONG oboe playing excellence as an individual and community member of the cosmos.