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John Dee


John Dee was principal oboe of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and Florida Grand Opera while also Oboe Professor at the University of Miami and the Harid Conservatory of Music for over twenty years. Before this, he was principal oboe of the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

John has been featured on Grammy Award winning recordings, hundreds of commercial CD’s and four solo CD recordings. The recent release of his CD “Music from America and Abroad” for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano (Albany Records), has also met with critical acclaim  “Dee and Chowning (piano) play with humor, serious expression, and true beauty,” .“Dee phrases exactly as one would speak about congenial matters to a good friend.”  

He has collaborated with nearly every major performing artist in the world. He has been invited to performed and record with major American orchestras, international string quartets and in major music festivals. He has performed for Pope John Paul II and his solo performances can be seen on the internationally syndicated television series, “The Joy of Music,” He has assisted the Yamaha Corporation in the development of their professional model oboe in Japan, has been a featured soloist throughout Italy, performed in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, China and has returned to Spain and again several times to teach and perform in Korea. His performances have been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, he is a regularly invited guest artist of the IDRS, International Double Reed Society and he often conducts oboe clinics and adjudicates national and international music competitions by invitation.

John was awarded the  “2014-2015” CYSO, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, “Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award” at Chicago’s Symphony Center, he has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Endowment for the Arts several times and he appears in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. His oboe students have won and occupy prestigious professional positions throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Visiting Professor of Oboe at DePaul University in Chicago and the Bill A. Nugent Endowed Professor of Music Performance and Professor of Oboe at the University of Illinois.

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