Supérieure Cane Processing and the Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota Publishing -


Don Werdick

Welcome. The Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota, Inc. publishes full score and parts for oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn Baroque period chamber music arranged/edited by Don Werdick. The original Baroque scores and solo parts contain little (if any) information about elements like articulation, ornamentation or dynamics, so the soloists and ensemble players needed to make their own informed choices before each performance. The oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn solo arrangements by Don Werdick offers dynamics, articulations, ornamentation and nuances of tone color as to how to effectively present the composition and can help the performer to build on this to effectively communicate the sense of the music.

Don Werdick is a professional Oboe, Oboe d’amore & English horn artist. Owns and operates the international double reed cane processing business Supérieure Cane Processing™, is a music copyist/engraver and arranger/editor/Publisher (Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota, Inc.), member of the American Federation of Musicians, International Double Reed Society, Associated Chamber Music Players, IMSLP. He studied with Rhadames Angelucci, Principal Oboe, Minnesota Orchestra; Ita Loe-Vellek, Chicago Symphony; Ruben Haugen, MacPhail Center for Music; and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Past performances as principal oboe include the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota, Woodland Chamber, and the Northern Lights Festival Orchestra. Prior to moving to northeastern Minnesota he performed in the Twin Cities with the Minnetonka Symphony, Bloomington Symphony and the Metropolitan Wind Ensemble. His signature pieces include Krommer's Concerto in F for Oboe and Orchestra; Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for Oboe and Strings; Telemann's Concerto for Oboe d’amore and Strings; Donizetti's Concertino for English horn and Strings. He is a retired financial institution CEO, former FDIC/RTC Assistant Director, First Federal Minneapolis management and past U.S. Army Band Director & commissioned officer. Business and home are located on six wooded acres in northern Minnesota.


- 1962-1966 Rhadames J. Angelucci (1915-1991), Principal Oboe with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra from 1936 to 1980.

- 1960-1962 Ita Vellek (Loe), Chicago Symphony.

- 1955-1959 Ruben Haugen, MacPhail Center for Music.

- Graduate-University of Minnesota, business & music, and the Institute of Financial Education. 

Performing Organizations:

1960-1967: Portland Chamber Ensemble, Bloomington Concert Band Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Wind Ensemble, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, University of Minnesota Orchestra, U of M Band, Augsburg College Orchestra, MacPhail Orchestra.

- 1963-1969: Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Wind Ensemble.

- 1969-1976: Chamber and orchestra performing, recording and military service-Bandmaster/USAR.

- 1977-1997: Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Wind Ensemble.

- 1997-2011: Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota, North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Lights Music Festival Orchestra, Woodland Chamber.

- 2012 to Present Semi-retired: cane processing business, Supérieure Cane Processing, Inc., chamber ensemble music performance and music Arranger/Editor and publishing (Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota, Inc.)