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Naomi Bensdorf Frisch

Naomi Bensdorf Frisch
Teaching Area(s)

MM DePaul University
BM Northwestern University

Courses Taught

Oboist Naomi Bensdorf Frisch enjoys an active career as a performer and music educator. Along with holding principal Oboe positions in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Ms. Bensdorf Frisch performs regularly with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra during their season at the Chicago Cultural Center and is a founding member of the Kallima Woodwind Quintet. As a soloist, Naomi has performed with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In demand as a freelance musician, Ms. Bensdorf Frisch has recently performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera and Symphony Orchestras, the Elgin Symphony, Camerata Chicago, Light Opera Works and others. She can be heard on recordings with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony and in a collection of the chamber music of renowned Chicago composer M. William Karlins, available on Hungaroton Records.
A native of Evanston, Illinois, Ms. Bensdorf Frisch received her Bachelor of Music Magna cum Laude from Northwestern University, and her Master of Music with Distinction from DePaul University. As a Fulbright Scholar, Naomi traveled to Germany to study with internationally renowned Oboist Ingo Goritzki and perform with the Southwest German Baroque Soloists. Her principal American teachers include Robert Morgan, Ray Still, and Judith Kulb.
In addition to performing, Ms. Bensdorf Frisch works often with the Chicago area’s young musicians. Currently, she is a member of the music faculty at North Park University and DePaul University and coaches woodwind chamber music for the award-winning Midwest Young Artists program. Her students have been featured on National Public Radio's From the Top, WFMT's Introductions, and the Steinway Young Artists Concert Series, and have been winners or finalists in competitions such as the Walgreens Concerto Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Currently Ms. Bensdorf Frisch resides in Chicago with her husband, Aaron, daughter, Elise, and their two cats.