In a unique look at the special niche of doubling, Bret Pimentel describes the current trend and expectations associated with this particular career. While doubling is still a very active and demanding profession, greater expectations are being placed on developing even greater skill sets. These can include being required to play and perform on non-traditional instruments at an extremely high virtuosic level.
In preparation to enter this field, one must become familiar with the specific styles of music and seek out the proper training beyond their primary and secondary instruments. By doing so, the musician can truly benefit from this industry. These benefits can lead to greater opportunities as they diversify a musician’s portfolio. In general, should one decide to pursue this career and thrive, musicians should be very aware that doubling skills have greatly increased with the turn of the century, and with its many challenges come great and unexpected rewards.
–Notes By Dr. Victor Chavez, Jr.
Dr. Victor Chavez, Jr. teaches at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville as Lecturer in Clarinet and currently performs with the Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York.