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Our camp is located at beautiful Providence Point, a 43-acre retreat located on the scenic Clyde River near Lanark Ontario, one hour from Kingston and Ottawa.

Directions to Providence Point are found on the Providence Point website. The direct link is http://providencepoint.net/contact-us/.


Dorm-style bunk beds (it is camp, after all!) with 4-8 campers per room, depending on numbers. Each room has its own bathroom. There are also extra showers.

Bring your own bedding (sleeping bag, pillow, etc.) or bedding can be provided for an extra $10.

There will be 3 home-style meals per day and an evening snack prepared for us by our host at Providence Point, Jeannette Bosman and served in the dining hall. There will also be a tuck shop if you get the munchies during the day.

Bassoon Instruction

Master Classes

With Richard Hoenich, Jo Ann Simpson and guest faculty, includes instruction on how to practice, breathing techniques, tonguing and scale exercises, repertoire, etudes, orchestral excerpts, preparing for auditions, etc.

Individual Lessons

With Richard Hoenich, Jo Ann Simpson and guest faculty at no extra charge.


Friends, parents and the general public are invited to our Faculty Concert, as well as to the camp closing concert in which everyone participates and which is followed by a barbecue lunch.

Bassoon Ensembles

We have an extensive library of duos, trios, quartets, quintets and large bassoon ensemble with new music being written for us every year. If there is something in particular you would like to work on, feel free to bring it along.

Reed Making / Reed Supplies

There will be formal instructional reed making sessions daily for those who need them (how to shape, how to profile, how to make a blank, how to trim a blank, etc.) as well as informal sharing of information as we sit down and make reeds together whenever we have a spare moment.

If you have cane and tools, DO bring them. If you do not have cane and tools and have never made reeds before, don’t worry!

There will be a fully equipped reed making area with a Benson Bell profiler, Fox shapers, a Rieger Tip Profiler and all the little things required for making reeds.

Reed Tuck Shop

There will also be a Reed Tuck Shop sponsored by Jim Ewen of the Winnipeg Symphony. You will be able to purchase cane (gouged only, gouged and shaped only or gouged, shaped and profiled) and wire. Some tools may also be available for purchase at the Reed Tuck Shop.

All proceeds from the sales at the Reed Tuck Shop go towards the growth of the Paul Buttemer Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Time will be set aside every day for rest and relaxation.

Recreational activities include:

  • Swimming at the beach in the Clyde River (with a certified lifeguard on duty)
  • Canoeing
  • Beach volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Ping pong
  • Fusbol
  • Air hockey
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Bon fires
  • Relaxing
  • Kayaking
  • Movie night

A Typical Day

Here is a “typical” day at Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

  • 7:15 – 8:00: Morning walk in the country (optional)
  • 8:00: Breakfast
  • 8:40 – 9:35: Yoga
  • 9:45 – 10:30: Supervised warms up and scales/private practice
  • 10:30 – Noon: Master classes
  • 12:15: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00: Bassoon ensembles
  • 2:00 – 3:00: Recreation (swimming, ping pong etc…) – No work allowed!
  • 3:15 – 5:15: Master classes
  • 5:30: Supper
  • 6:15 – 7:15: Free time – recreation, practicing, reed making, etc.
  • 7:30 – 9:00: The Rackett of Bassoons!
  • 9:00: Evening snack
  • 9:00 – 11:00: Supervised reed making or free time practice or quiet recreation
  • 11:30: Lights out

What to Bring to Camp


  • Prescription medications if required
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Dental floss if necessary
  • Bath soap
  • Deodorant
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Shampoo
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Shower shoes (like flip-flops)
  • Bath towel and washcloth
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (linens can be supplied for extra fee)
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Box of tissues


  • Sleepwear
  • Casual clothes
  • Underwear for 7 days
  • Socks
  • Long pants
  • Sweaters
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Clothes for the final concert (white shirt/blouse, dark pants/skirt


  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 SPF)
  • Bug repellant
  • Swimming gear
  • Rain gear
  • Athletic shoes
  • Beach towel
  • Sandals
  • Plastic bag for wet or soiled clothing

Bassoon Related

  • Music stand
  • Metronome and tuner, if you have them
  • Reed cane and other reed tools and supplies
  • Sheet music – solos, etudes, orchestral excerpts, ensemble music, etc.


  • Flashlight
  • Camera and batteries
  • Notebook and pencils
  • Spending money at the snack shop ($3/day should be more than enough)

Please Note

Brooke Valley Bassoon Days, Jo Ann Simpson and Richard Hoenich are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Reed Cane & Tools

Bring money to purchase reed cane if you do not have any. Prices are: $4/piece for gouged cane, $5/piece for gouged and shaped cane, $6/piece for gouged, shaped and profiled cane. How much cane you will need depends on how ambitious you are and how many reeds you make. You can also purchase cane to take home. Reed wire will also be available at $1/metre.

Note: All cane at BVBD is donated by Jim Ewen. Proceeds from the Reed Tuck Shop go toward growing the Paul Buttemer Scholarship fund which was established with seed money from his estate. Bring money to purchase reed tools and bassoon accessories. Shane Wieler of Marcus-Wieler Bassoon Workshop will hold a “bassoon market” at some point during the week.


Instruction available in English, French, Spanish and Romanian

Camp Fees

Camp fees are described in detail here

Please Note

  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Brooke Valley Bassoon Days.
  • Each student must make sure that Brooke Valley Bassoon Days receives payments and any other documents within the deadlines.
  • No student will be accepted on the site if there are monies due.
  • Cancellation / change / refunds – Brooke Valley Bassoon Days will withhold 50% of the second payment in case of cancellation one month or less prior to the beginning of your session.
  • The non-refundable registration fee of $65 is for all registrations, and is not refunded regardless of the amount of advance notice provided.
  • No reimbursement will be issued once the session has begun.

For questions regarding payment and registration, please contact  Jo Ann Simpson

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