Ian Wisekal, a native of Long Island, NY, served for three years as Associate Principal/Second Oboe of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard playing principal oboe on the orchestra’s recording of Cofresí, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. He received his Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude 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. Ian 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. Since moving to Denver, he has been an active performer in the area, playing multiple times with the Colorado Symphony. His major teachers include Richard Killmer and Erin Hannigan.
An avid educator, Ian has taught students for over a decade in group and private-lesson settings, and was on the faculty of the Symphonic Experience Program of Puerto Rico. He has given masterclasses in New York, Texas, Puerto Rico, and at the University of Northern Colorado, and is currently a Teaching Artist with El Sistema Colorado. His students have won local and state competitions and have earned acceptance to top music schools, including Eastman. He is thrilled to be joining the Lamont faculty in the fall of 2014.