ironlady wrote:There is at least one, in which my friends in Hsintian (Xindian) (Xindian) play (violin and cello, but presumably it's a full orchestra). I think their personnel is fairly steady, and it might be difficult to get a seat as an oboist.
Your best bet would probably be to show up at a university orchestra as a volunteer. I've played double reeds for a number of university orchestras in Taipei over the years (be forewarned, these ranged from pretty darn good to excruciatingly awful). The university orchestras are generally pretty glad to see you, and many of the "lower tier" ones (the ones without robust music programs backing them up) are grateful to have a double reed player available.
If you're going to be there for less than a year, lie genteely about how long you'll be there, or I think your chances for a better group are slim. You can always have a sudden "emergency" that requires you to leave Taiwan mid-year if you're in a six-month contract.
Generally speaking, though, I think you'll find that there isn't so much of an amateur music scene in Taiwan for classical -- not the way there's a community orchestra in many cities of the US. Especially for double reeds, either you go career or you don't, for the most part. Not to say there aren't exceptions.
Thanks for the info! ...Hopefully I will be able to find something at a university. I'll be around for a year or more so I'm glad that will be a plus. Also - sometimes orchestras are in need of oboists so it may actually work in my favor.
Maybe there will be people interested in meeting up to play trio music or something? We'll see...
Thanks again for the info!