Adjunct Faculty, Oboe
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 402
Ian Wisekal, a native of Long Island, NY, joined the Lamont faculty in 2013. He serves as Associate Principal Oboe of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and previously held the same position with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard playing principal oboe on that orchestra's recording of Cofresí, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy.
Ian received his bachelor of music degree with high distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and his master of music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, earning full scholarships at both institutions. He has performed at the Sarasota Music Festival, the festival at the Banff Arts Centre (Canada), the Music Masters Festival of Japan, the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico and the AIMS festival in Austria, and has given several concerts at Carnegie Hall. In 2012, Ian traveled to study with David Walter at the Paris Conservatory, thanks to a grant from the Pro-Symphony Association of Puerto Rico. He is an active performer throughout Colorado, playing frequently with the Colorado Symphony and with professional ensembles across the Front Range. His major teachers include Richard Killmer and Erin Hannigan.
An avid educator, Ian has taught students of all ages in group and private-lesson settings, and served as a Teaching Artist with El Sistema Colorado for two years. He has given master classes in New York, Texas, and at the University of Northern Colorado, was on the faculty of the Symphonic Experience Program of Puerto Rico, and appeared as guest artist at the University of Wyoming Double Reed Day and for the weeklong Oboe Workshop at the University of Costa Rica. His students have won local and state competitions, and have earned scholarships to top music schools, including Eastman.
To learn more about Ian and hear recorded examples of his playing, visit his Portfolio Page .