Oboe students at DePaul have an exciting learning experience which
combines comprehensive instrumental and artistic study of the solo and
orchestral repertoire with great performance opportunities in the
culturally rich city of Chicago.
The Oboe Studio
The DePaul School of Music is grateful for the dedication and artistry of John Dee and Grace Hong who have expertly led the oboe studio in recent years and will continue their service to the school through the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Chicago Symphony principal oboist, Alex Klein will build on past achievements in the studio – and along with freelance artists, Xiomara Mass and Anna Velzo – will lead collegiate musicians to achieve their utmost artistic potential.
The oboe studio at DePaul takes a holistic approach to teaching
given its affiliation with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and
dedication to the highest artistic standards of the American oboe school
We focus on a wide variety of musical and technical issues such as
developing the concept of tone, pitch stability, articulation, vibrato,
and breath support. We strive to improve technical command of the oboe,
bring a sense of ease and consistency to reed-making, gouging, and
We have a wonderful faculty dynamic in the oboe studio. Working
together on a regular basis gives us a
greater sense of unity and direction and allows us to give
complementary, individual viewpoints. The oboe studio has a motivating
atmosphere that inspires discussion, provokes thought, and encourages
artistic individuality in each student.
During the weekly Oboe Class, taught by the faculty team, students receive and observe instruction regarding standard
orchestral, solo, and chamber music repertoire, as well as participate
in discussions on auditions preparation and how to submit quality and
representative recordings. Oboe Class also provides the opportunity to
work in a masterclass setting with some of the leading world-class guest
oboists, such as Robert Walters (the Cleveland Orchestra), Nancy
Ambrose King (University of Michigan), and Nathan Hughes (the
Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard School).
Oboe Studio Class
Students of DePaul's oboe studio have been recently appointed to the following positions:
Principal Oboe, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan) Principal Oboe, Seoul Philharmonic OrchestraPrincipal Oboe, Saskatoon Symphony OrchestraSecond Oboe, Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand MontrealPrincipal Oboe, Pacific Music Festival OrchestraSubstitute, Chicago Symphony OrchestraGuest Principal Oboe, Atlanta Symphony OrchestraSecond Oboe, Virginia Symphony OrchestraOboe, Spokane Symphony OrchestraPrincipal Oboe, Windsor Symphony OrchestraGuest Principal Oboe, New World SymphonySecond Oboe, Los Angeles Opera