My name is Sarah Balzer, I am a freelance oboist, teacher, and reed maker in the Baltimore area. I am perhaps an oddity among oboists because I *like* making reeds. It is a meditation in mindfulness for me.
My primary reed making instructors have been Eugene Izotov and Naomi Bensdorf Frisch during my years in Chicago and Mark Hill in Maryland.
I taught reed making classes at the University of Maryland while completing my DMA and now teach privately in addition to selling reeds and cane.
I make my reeds in my home studio in the woods of Northern Maryland surrounded by the catbirds, chickadees, cardinals, and titmice whose constant songs inspire me.
To learn more about me and check out upcoming performances and projects, please visit themindfuloboe.com