Double Reed Professor
Tonya Mertz is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, and received bachelor’s degrees in oboe performance and music education from the University of Mary and a master’s degree in oboe performance through the University of Northern Iowa. While in Iowa, she played oboe for both the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Waverly Orchestra.
Mertz’s performance career includes being the featured soloist with both the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is the principal oboist of the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, and the Bismarck-Mandan Wind Ensemble. Tonya resides in Bismarck with her husband and daughters.
Mertz is the adjunct double-reed professor at the University of Mary and teaches the following classes:
- Double-Reed Applied Lessons: In applied lessons for oboe, English horn, and bassoon, students can expect to work on scales, technique etudes, reed construction, and standard double-reed repertoire performance, all catered to the individual level of each student. Students who declare a double-reed instrument as their primary or secondary instrument will have the opportunity to present a recital guided by professor Mertz. In addition to double-reed applied lessons, she also coaches the university’s double-reed ensemble, which regularly performs arrangements completed by Mertz.
- Sight Singing/Ear Training: For students majoring or minoring in one of the music degrees offered at the University of Mary, the skills learned in Sight Singing and Ear Training is essential. In these courses, the student learns to use their listening skills to hear, perform, and analyze music more quickly and efficiently. Mertz teaches Sight Singing and Ear Training 2 & 3.
- Intro to Music: A combination of music and history comes to fruition in the Intro to Music classes. In this course, whether online or in the classroom, students learn the basics of music applied throughout history starting in the Middle Ages and progressing to present day.
- Duo Inpertio: Tonya Mertz, along with University of Mary professor Dr. Beverly Everett (organ), combine their talents to form the group Duo Inpertio. The word “inpertio” means “share” in Latin, and the group exists to do just that. Mertz and Everett bring knowledge, entertainment, and enjoyment to all who listen or attend their musical performances of all genres and musical eras. Duo Inpertio currently has regional and international tours in the works.
In 2020 Mertz saw the need to expand her online presence, and Oboe2Go was born. Oboe2Go is a unique service provided through YouTube. It exists to benefit double-reed musicians of all levels and anyone who wants to learn more about music. The platform strives to educate the user on double-reeds through YouTube videos, regardless of the subject matter’s simplicity or complexity. Beyond educational videos, Oboe2Go seeks to entertain all who desire to understand more about music history through the lens of double-reed arrangements. Oboe2Go is also the place to experience double-reed music arranged by Mertz.