As part of the transition to Digication, Portfolio is going away! Portfolio will be fully decommissioned on July 1, 2024. As of July 1, 2023, there will be a new content freeze in Portfolio. You will not be able to add new pieces of content to your personal or organizational Portfolio. Existing content is still editable. Please continue to migrate your existing content from Portfolio to Digication. For more information about Digication, click here. For a discussion of options for transitioning your content on Portfolio, click here. To learn more about using Digication in your courses, click here.

  • 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 discuss and hone ideas, we make reeds together, and we help each other out.

    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, the Greeley Philharmonic, the Boise Philharmonic, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Charité with Michelle DeYoung, 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 Southern Mississippi and Louisiana State University. 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 recordings of the 40 Barret Melodies, Ferling 48 Studies and more 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 
    2022: Commissioned Divine Cloud that We Share from Leanna Kirchoff for performance at IDRS

    -Oboe Thing of the Week Facebook page
    -Building content for YouTube channel (Barret 40 Melodies, Ferling 48 Studies, etc.)
    -Commissioning piano accompaniments for Ferling studies
    -Transcribed Francis Poulenc's Nocturnes for oboe and piano
    -Creating and teaching two new courses at Lamont: 
        Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice (offered starting winter 2023)
        Introduction to Classical & Romantic Performance Practice (in process)

  • Recent and Upcoming Events

    Colorado Ballet
    Prokofiev: Cinderella
    Ellie Caulkins Opera House
    March 10, 7:30pm
    March 11, 2pm & 7:30pm
    March 12, 2pm
    March 17, 7:30pm
    March 18, 2pm & 7:30pm
    March 19, 2pm

    Faculty Recital (Guest Artist)
    Dubois: Lou Cascarelet, Nash: Endless Numbered Streets
    Greeley: UNC Campus Commons
    March 29, 7:00pm

    Ensemble Charité with Michelle De Young

    Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
    Denver: Central Presbyterian Church
    April 4, 7:00pm

    Colorado Ballet
    "MasterWorks": Prokofiev Prodigal Son, Janáček Sinfonietta, etc.
    Ellie Caulkins Opera House
    April 14, 7:30pm
    April 15, 2pm & 7:30pm
    April 16, 2pm
    April 21, 7:30pm
    April 22, 7:30pm
    April 23, 2pm

    Montview Orchestra
    Bloch: Avodath Hakodesh
    Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver
    April 23, 7:00pm

    Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra

    Carmina Burana
    Union Colony Civic Center, Greeley
    April 29, 7:00pm

    Lamont Faculty/Student Side-by-Side
    Françaix, Jacob, Dvořák, etc.
    Univerity of Denver—Newman Center
    May 8, 7:30pm

    The Spirituals Project
    Holland: The Dream and the Dreamer
    Univerity of Denver—Newman Center
    May 13, 7:30pm

    Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sounds of Cinema
    Union Colony Civic Center, Greeley
    May 20, 7:00pm

This portfolio last updated: 24-Mar-2023 10:39 PM