In today's day and age, René Prins
is a champion of the woodwinds.
has served as principal oboe and English horn for the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and was the principal oboist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra for four years prior to his
move to Oneonta in 1975.
He performs with many chamber music ensembles in upstate New York, serving as oboist, English hornist, recorderist clarinetist and saxophonist.
is principal oboist of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and the Utica Symphony Orchestra.
In the Oneonta community he
is well known as conductor of the State College Concert Band, the Oneonta Community Concert Band, and he
is the leader/composer for Professor Hillman's Full Band, (a historic instrument ensemble at the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, NY).
Furthermore, René Prins is an Associate Professor of Music at the State University College of Oneonta, and he also serves on the faculty at Hartwick College.
He teaches and researches in the areas of advanced music theory and composition, as well as teaching oboe and conducting.
He is the President of Local 443 of the American Federation of Musicians.
is an expert at contract negotiating.
If you aren't in the Oneonta area, you can still hear Mr. Prins play.
has been a part of several commercially released recordings including 'Music for Oboe and Piano' by Bruno Labate on Musical Heritage Society Records, 'New Music for Woodwind Quintet' on Redwood Records and 'The Vocal Oboe' on Centaur Records.
is among those at the forefront of bringing music to the people of Oneonta.
also feels that there could be even more free concerts, not only by his
band, but by other local musical acts.
is a proactive and inventive force at doing what he
can to prevent community brass bands from entering a twilight phase that may mean they may disappear altogether.
Budgetary cuts in these and any times are a concern.
But as René Prins
says, "People here know that you don't have summer without having a concert band."
The scholarly days of René Prins
were spent under the tutelage of Lois Wann at the Julliard School
in New York City.
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