John Mack

John Mack (1927–2006) studied with Marcel Tabuteau privately during 1944-45 and from 1948 to 1951 at the Curtis Institute of Music where he received his diploma. While attending Curtis, he began making reeds for Tabuteau much to his teacher’s satisfaction. Following his graduation, he was principal oboist in the New Orleans Symphony and then the National Symphony in Washington. In 1965 he was appointed principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra by George Szell where he performed with distinction until his retirement in 2001. During his time studying with Tabuteau, he assimilated many of Tabuteau’s musical ideas passing them on to a new generation of oboists. In a 1998 interview with Melissa Stevens, John Mack discusses various aspects of the Tabuteau System:

JM: John Mack; MS: Melissa Stevens

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From Melissa A. Stevens’ 1999 dissertation Marcel Tabuteau: Pedagogical Concepts and Practices for Teaching Musical Expressiveness: An Oral History

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