Perry (Wayne) Bauman. Oboist, b Erie, Penn, 22 Jul 1918 - 16 Aug 2004; performance diploma (Curtis) 1942. He moved in 1920 with his family to Dorset, O, where at 10 he played saxophone in the school band and went on to play in a number of other bands. His main formative studies were at the Curtis Institute 1937-41 with the French oboist Marcel Tabuteau,.principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He moved to Canada in 1940 to take up a position as principal oboe of the TSO
and continued in that capacity until 1956, at times performing as soloist with the orchestra. He rejoined the orchestra in 1964, serving as co-principal until 1971. Bauman also served 1952-64 as principal oboe of the CBC Symphony Orchestra
and played and recorded 1955-71 with the Toronto Woodwind Quintet
. A highly respected musician, regarded as one of the leading oboists in Canada, he was in great demand in radio, TV, and other orchestras. He toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1955 and 1958 and with the Cincinnati Orchestra in 1957. He participated in many chamber and orchestral concerts at the Stratford Festival
. After a performance as soloist with the Hart House Orchestra, Bauman was praised for his 'warm tone' and 'technical brilliance' (Toronto Globe and Mail
, 25 Jan 1965). He taught oboe 1944-71 at the RCMT
, and was woodwind coach for NYO
1965-9. Among his pupils were Lawrence Cherney
, Roy Cox, Harry Freedman
, Stanley Wood (oboist), and others who have held positions in Canadian and US orchestras. Bauman joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
in 1971 as co-principal oboe and was principal oboe 1974-9. In addition, he taught summers 1972-83 at the Banff SFA
and main terms 1974-8 at Alberta College. He taught 1979-84 at the Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario
. He also served on occasion as alternate co-principal oboe for the TS 1982-4. In 1991 he was teaching privately in Barrie, Ont, and playing in the Huronia Symphony Orchestra. He premiered in 1948 and recorded in 1952 (RCI 86/5-ACM 1) Weinzweig's Divertimento No. 2
for solo oboe and strings.
See also Discography for Toronto Woodwind Quintet.
McPhedran, Marie. 'Meet the players: Perry Bauman,' TSO News, Dec 1949
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Toronto Woodwind Quintet
Listen to a brief audio clip featuring the Toronto Woodwind Quintet. From the website for the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation.