• My Teaching Philosophy

  • Music is a lifelong journey. I encourage exploration and creativity, grounded in solid fundamentals. The oboe studio is a place of honesty and support: we can discuss and hone ideas, and we can make mistakes in order to learn more deeply.

    My students study repertoire from the 17th to 21st centuries, always guided by appropriate style and performance practices. I'm happy to help select music, but students also have the freedom to discover pieces on their own.

    Lamont offers a weekly reed class, and I always make sure to spend time in lessons perfecting this skill.

    With my broad experience in music - as a full-time orchestral musician, freelancer, administrator, and teacher at all levels, on multiple instruments and in multiple languages - I prepare my students for the demands of a 21st-century career.

  • My Background

  • Ian Wisekal, a native of Dallas, TX and Stony Brook, NY, joined the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in 2013. He serves as Principal Oboe of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Crested Butte Music Festival, and previously held the position of Associate Principal Oboe 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.
    Prof. Wisekal is an active performer throughout Colorado and beyond. He plays frequently with the Colorado Symphony and professional ensembles across the state. He has performed at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Banff Centre in Canada, the Music Masters Festival of Japan, the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico and the AIMS festival in Austria. Besides his album with the PRSO, he has made recordings with the Colorado Symphony, as soloist with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and in the performance studio of Colorado Public Radio.
    Wisekal received his bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the Eastman School of Music and his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, earning full scholarships at both institutions. In 2012, he traveled to study with David Walter at the Paris Conservatory, thanks to a grant from the Pro-Symphony Association of Puerto Rico. His major teachers include Richard Killmer, Erin Hannigan, Terry Keevil and Ceci Lagarenné. 
    Ian has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and abroad, appearing most recently as guest artist at Baylor University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Oklahoma and the week-long Oboe Workshop at the University of Costa Rica. His students have earned scholarships to top music schools, including Eastman, and have performed as soloists and regular members of professional orchestras.

    In his spare time, Wisekal enjoys traveling, hiking, and photography. Other than the "Media" selections at the top of this page, you can hear his recording of the 40 Barret Melodies on his YouTube channel.

  • Long-Term Projects

    Building Repertoire for Oboe, Clarinet and Piano
    2017: Transcribed Schilflieder, by August Klughardt
    2019: Co-commissioned A Few Figs From Thistles, by Loren Loiacono, with Lamont School of Music
    2020: Transcribed The Shepherd on the Rock, by Franz Schubert
    2020: Second commission forthcoming

    -Oboe Thing of the Week Facebook page
    -Building content for YouTube channel (Barret 40 Melodies, Ferling 48 Studies, etc.)
    -Transcribing Francis Poulenc's Nocturnes for oboe and piano
    -Proposing two new courses at Lamont: 
        Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice
        Introduction to Classical & Romantic Performance Practice

  • Contact Me

  • DU Email: ian.wisekal@du.edu


  • Upcoming Events

    Shafer-Sawicki-Wisekal Trio
    "Pastoral Past and Present"
    Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Bozza, Loiacono, Klughardt
    Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30pm -
       Dazzle Jazz Denver, Downtown 
    (Inaugural performance on Dazzle's classical series)

    Colorado Symphony
    Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto, etc.
    Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30pm;
    Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30pm;
    Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:00pm -
       Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver

    DU Lamont School of Music 
    Audition days!
    Saturday, Jan. 25
    Saturday, Feb. 1
    Saturday, Feb. 8
       Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver

    Colorado Symphony
    Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner, etc.
    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 10:00 & 11:00am -
       Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver

    Chamber Music Society of Greater Denver
    "Romancing the Notes"
    Saint-Saëns and Clara Schumann, etc.
    Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30pm -
       Classic Pianos of Denver, Onofrio Hall

    Lamont Chorale
    with Ian Wisekal as guest soloist
    Sunday, Feb. 23, 3:00pm -
       Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver
    Monday, March 2, 7:30pm -
       Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
    Friday, March 6, 11:00am -
       American Choral Directors Association conference, Little Rock, AR

    Fine Arts Series
    René Clausen, etc.
    Sunday, March 1, 2:30pm -
       Littleton United Methodist Church, Littleton

    Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
    Children and Family Concerts
    Wednesday, March 4, 10:00am & 12:00pm -
       UCCC, Greeley

    Sunday, March 8, 10:00am -
       Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

    Sunday, March 8, 2:00pm -
       Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, Little Rock, AR

    Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Firebird + Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance
    Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm -
       Macky Auditorium, Boulder

    Church of the Ascension
    Palm Sunday & Easter services
    Sundays, April 5 & 12, 10:00am
       Country Club, Denver

    Colorado Symphony
    The Planets, etc.
    Friday, Apr. 17, 7:30pm;
    Saturday, Apr. 18, 7:30pm;
    Sunday, Apr. 19, 1:00pm -
       Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver

    Opera Colorado
    Saturday, May 2, 7:30pm;
    Tuesday, May 5, 7:30pm;
    Friday, May 8, 7:30pm;
    Sunday, May 10; 2:00pm-
       Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver

    Fort Collins Symphony
    Mahler Symphony No. 2, etc.
    Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm-
       The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

This portfolio last updated: 27-Feb-2020 10:22 AM