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2021 Oboe Studio

Welcome to the Oboe studio! Professor Peter Cooper heads the studio, where he teaches weekly private lessons and Orchestral Excerpt/Audition Preparation class. Professor Cooper’s teaching priority is to help each student become an independent artist set up for lifelong learning and professional success. Jason Lichtenwalter also serves on the Oboe faculty, and other distinguished oboists have taught lessons and master classes.


All lessons include reed-making assistance with the goal of developing the skills to be a first class reed maker. Professor Cooper works with students on basic fundamentals such as embouchure, breathing, tone production and body efficiency, as well as covering solo repertoire. The studio has between eight and 10 students, including two Graduate Teaching Assistants and the rest undergraduates. One of the TAs is responsible for organizing the weekly Studio Class as well as teaching a Technique and Reed Making class for the undergrads. The other TA plays in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet.

What makes the CU Boulder Oboe Studio unique?

Students are strongly encouraged to contribute to an atmosphere of camaraderie in a supportive environment. Healthy competition means students try to inspire each other, emulate what they admire in other students and strive for their personal best while encouraging each other. Cutthroat competition is strongly discouraged. Professor Cooper’s position as Principal Oboist of the Colorado Symphony means he brings a performance perspective and experience to his teaching. Students can see him perform major oboe excerpts in a full-time professional orchestra. Nothing requires good reed making more than the weekly routine of being a Principal Oboist and he passes these skills along to his students. Having been a first oboist for 35 years, he has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the classical music business and works with each student on career goals.

peter cooperPeter Cooper

Principal Oboist of the Colorado Symphony since 1993 and Senior Instructor of Oboe at the University of Colorado, Peter Cooper has taught and performed as soloist with orchestras in Asia, Europe and the United States. He previously held positions in the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Oboist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras.  

Mr. Cooper has commissioned and premiered five oboe concertos. Mr. Cooper recorded the Strauss and David Mullikin Oboe Concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He previously recorded the Heinrich Schweizer Oboe Concerto with the London Philharmonic. He has also premiered concertos by Bill Douglas and Gregory Walker with the Colorado Symphony. In 2019 he played a new concerto by Kevin Puts with the Colorado Symphony that was co-commissioned by the Colorado and Baltimore Symphonies.

Read Mr. Cooper's full bio or view this video interview produced by the Colorado Symphony.