Infiniti Reeds is owned and operated by Angela N. Schindler. Dr. Schindler began her free-lance performing career in 1992 and began teaching oboe lessons and preparing oboe reeds for her students in 1997. Dr. Schindler holds degrees in oboe performance from Loyola University, New Orleans (B.M.) and Texas Christian University (M.M.), and the University of North Texas, (D.M.A.).
Performing experience includes the Crescent City Wind Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, San Angelo Symphony, Metropolitan Winds, Northeast Orchestra, the Sherman Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, the Lawton Symphony Orchestra in Oklahoma, UTA symphony orchestra and UTA wind symphony, and the UNT Wind Symphony. She has performed with the Christ Chapel Bible Church Orchestra since 1997 (live stream on Sundays at 11:00 am at www.ccbcfamily.org) in Fort Worth and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in North Texas for its first five seasons on English horn and oboe. Dr. Schindler currently performs with the Clear Lake Symphony, the Galveston Symphony, and the Brazosport Symphony in Lake Jackson.
Dr. Schindler's previous teaching appointments include the Clear Creek and Pasadena school districts in Houston as well as at the Sam Houston State University Middle School Summer Band Camp and the University of Houston Cougar Band Camp. Her college level teaching positions include TCU, UNT, and adjunct faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
To support music education, Dr. Schindler has presented band director oboe clinics at Sam Houston University from 2006 to 2009 and at the Louisiana Music Educators Conference in November 2011, and the SCRMC conference in Monroe, LA in March 2012. She has also published an instructional guide for band directors, music instructors, and aspiring oboists focusing on oboe reed care and common problems in teaching young oboists titled Amoebas, Sea Creatures, and Oboe Reeds: What's Floating in Your Cup? in 2010. This text is reprinted in her new book Help! My Band Has an Oboe Player!, an instructional guide to supplement method books for use by band directors, private lesson instructors, and oboists of all levels for solutions to common oboe problems and reed care.
Professional recordings include Unversity of North Texas Wind Symphony: Rendezvous (2000), Convergence (2000), Time Pieces (2001), UFO (2001), Recollections
(2002). Teaching Music Through Performance in Band vol. 3, grade 2-3 (2000), vol. 3, grade 4 (2001). ALERT Academy Men's Chorus When Free Men Shall Stand (2004). Lone Star Wind Orchestra American Tapestry (2008) on the Naxos label.
Dr. Schindler has represented the Infiniti Reeds company at TMEA in the exhibit hall from 2008 to 2016. Infiniti Reeds has exhibited at the IDRS convention in Norman, Oklahoma in June 2010, and at the Louisiana Music Educators Association Convention in Baton Rouge in Novemeber 2010 and 2011, and TBA in San Antonio in July 2011-2016.
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Dr. Schindler began oboe studies in 6th grade band at Thompson Intermediate in the 1980s under the baton of Ms. Deborah Hirsch. Fascinated with the design of the double reed, Dr. Schindler began learning oboe reed-making in 9th grade. Through the guidance of oboe instructors Mr. Jim Smith and Denise Roy Zoch Dr. Schindler placed in region band auditions, receiving silver and gold medals for One ratings at district and UIL contests for solos and ensembles throughout middle school and high school. She also was awarded One ratings at UIL State Solo Contest in Austin for memorized performances of the first movements of the Haydn Oboe Concerto and the Vaughan-Williams Oboe Concerto.
Following high school, Dr. Schindler attended Loyola University in New Orleans on a full music scholarship, completing a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance. While attending Texas Christian University for her degree of Master of Music in Oboe Performance, Dr. Schindler began teaching private lessons in the Fort Worth area and honing her reed-making skills to prepare reeds for her students. In 2001 while attending the University of North Texas Dr. Schindler officially registered Infiniti Reeds as a small business which offered only handmade oboe reeds, primarily by mail order. In March 2003 the Infiniti Reeds website was lauched offering a small selection of oboe reed cases in addition to oboe reeds. Dr. Schindler completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Oboe performance in December of 2006, refining her reed-making skills under UNT oboe professor Dr. Charles Veazey, while continuing to perform with ensembles in the North Texas area as well as teach oboe lessons, master classes, and judge region band auditions.
Expanding the Business
In February 2008 Infiniti Reeds made its debut as an exhibiting company at the TMEA convention in San Antonio. Dr. Schindler continues to exhibit the company in additional venues, including TBA and LMEA, and present clinics on reed care, oboe basics, and problem-solving. The company now includes a product line of a variety of oboe-related items, reed-making tools, gifts, supplies, and instructional guides. Dr. Schindler has published two books, one on reed care in 2009 (now out of print), and the current book Help! My Band Has an Oboe Player! which includes a revised version of the reed care guide in addition to oboe basics and problem-solving. Dr. Schindler returned to her hometown of Houston in June 2011 to provide reeds and supplies to her growing customer base in Houston, Texas. She is currently a member of TMEA, TBA, the local Houston Musician's Union, and the International Double Reed Society.