Chris Wheeler

Chris Wheeler is an oboist based in the mid-Michigan area, performing regularly with ensembles including the Michigan Philharmonic and Adrian Symphony, and subbing with many others, including those in Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor, and Southwest Michigan. He is also active as a chamber musician and was a founding member of the Pure Winds woodwind quintet, based in Lansing, MI. An avid teacher, Chris maintains a private studio of oboe students in both the metro Detroit and Lansing areas, is oboe instructor at the Flint School of Performing Arts, is an MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Adjudicator, and also works as an oboe clinician and chamber music coach for many band programs. He completed Master's degrees in both oboe performance and chamber music, studying with Nancy Ambrose King at the University of Michigan and also studied with Allan Vogel, former principal oboe of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, at the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) for his Bachelor of Fine Arts in oboe performance. While at CalArts, he was also an exchange student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying oboe with Stephen West and composition with Gareth Williams. His other major teachers include Gretchen Morse and Stuart Horn.