The Main Players

In 1993, Brian Charles founded Charles Double Reed Company. Brian studied at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, has performed extensively and has many professional credits playing oboe, bassoon, sax, flute, clarinet, and didjeridu. During his conservatory years, he honed his skills as the on-site oboe and bassoon reedmaker at the famed Ponte Music Company in NYC. Pedro Rivera, the woodwind repairman at Ponte’s for many years, significantly influenced his early foray into instrument repair.

Upon Charles Ponte’s retirement and the closure of his shop, Brian seized the opportunity, purchasing the double reed department and launching his own company from his Brooklyn brownstone. Prior to Amazon’s foray into online retail, Brian personally coded and developed CDRC’s online presence. He has since maintained and, in collaboration with staff, has coded and overseen numerous full revisions of the website.

Throughout the company’s history, Brian assumed the roles of principal editor and photographer for all annual catalogs. Beyond his contributions to CDRC, he edited and published works such as “The Art of Bassoon Reed Making” by Mark Popkin and Lauren Glickman. Brian’s literary talents extend to short stories featured in various literary reviews.

As an expert in the field, Brian has conducted master classes and lectures on double reed topics at universities and clinics both nationally and internationally. Notably, he has been recognized as a sponsored Buffet and Yamaha Artist and received commissions from Yamaha for compositions played on their Midi-Grand piano.

Brian’s accomplishments extend beyond the music industry; he received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he served a three-year term as an elected member of the regional budget committee and ran for the position of NH State Representative.

In 2008, Brian expanded his impact by founding North Conway Music Center, a comprehensive music store in North Conway, catering to Central and Northern New Hampshire. This store serves all regional schools, hosts multiple teachers, and offers rental and repair services for multiple instruments.

Brian adores his wife, Sarah, considering her the love of his life. He also takes great pride in their adult son, Theo. Together, they form the heart and joy of his world.

You can reach Brian directly at either brian@charlesmusic.com or (603) 356-9890


Jennifer L. oversees all facets of Charles Double Reed Company, leveraging her extensive two-decade tenure with the company. Jennifer has evolved into a pivotal figure, managing crucial responsibilities such as accounting, human resources, product management, and numerous other duties. Her adept multitasking and organizational skills transform chaos into harmony, making her an indispensable force within the company.

Jennifer can be reached at service@charlesmusic.com or (603) 356-9890