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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 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 and tradition.

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 cane-selection.

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.

Oboe Studio Class

During the weekly Oboe Class, taught by John Dee and Grace Hong, 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).

Alumni Accomplishments

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 Orchestra
Principal Oboe, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Second Oboe, Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal
Principal Oboe, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra
Substitute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Guest Principal Oboe, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Second Oboe, Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Oboe, Spokane Symphony Orchestra
Principal Oboe, Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Guest Principal Oboe, New World Symphony
Second Oboe, Los Angeles Opera