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Oboe Studio
  • The oboe curriculum at Capital University focuses on the study of basic warm-ups and scale patterns, traditional etudes, and solo repertoire in order to develop both expressive and technical aspects of playing the oboe. At every level of study, proper attention is given to the making and adjusting of reeds for oboe and English horn. Regardless of degree program, during four years ot study students are presented with a variety of excerpts from standard works for symphony orchestra.


    Oboe students at Capital are a close knit group who support and inspire each other in their pursuit of the musical craft of playing the oboe. They can often be found whittling away at reeds together with the bassoon students in the Double Reed Room, which is equipped with a gouging machine, shaper and various other tools used for making oboe reeds. The Conservatory provides oboe students with the opportunity to perform in several outstanding ensembles. These include:


    • Capital University Conservatory Symphonic Winds
    • Capital University Orchestra
    • Capital Oboe Ensemble, which performs music for multiple oboes, English horn, oboe d' amore, and baritone oboe
    • Capital Double Reed Ensemble (CADRE), combining the Oboe Ensemble with Capital's Bassoon Monsoon
    • Faculty-coached woodwind quintets (or other small chamber ensembles for winds)


    Opportunities for solo performance are abundant at the Conservatory. During the school term, every oboe student is required to present one solo performance at weekly departmental recitals. Depending on the degree program, there are performance requirements for complete solo recitals in the junior and senior years of study. Student solo recitals and chamber music concerts are performed at the Huntington Recital Hall.


    For more information about the Oboe Studio at the Capital University Conservatory of Music, please contact Dr. Secan via email.

    Stephen Secan

    Adjunct Professor of Oboe

    Principal Oboe, Columbus Symphony