Michele Fiala is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Ohio University and has performed throughout the United States, Italy, England, Germany, France and Canada. Her two CDs of contemporary oboe music - The Light Wraps You and Overheard - are on the MSR Classics label. Fanfare Magazine called her playing “light, fluent, and wonderfully flexible” and BBC Music Magazine wrote of her “impressive command.” Daniel Coombs of Audiophile Audition spoke of Fiala’s “beautiful tone and a very expressive range of color and ample, fluid technique” and Carla Rees in MusicWeb International wrote “The oboe sound is rich and warm…the playing is excellent, and the musical ideas are communicated well.” Jeanne Belfy, in The Double Reed,called her first CD “a classy affair from start to finish” and said, “…the interpretations are elegant…Fiala’s tone is light, mellow and flexible.” Michele also appears on recordings on Naxos, Centaur and Equilibrium Records.
Michele has performed on the Church of St. Martin in the Fields Concert Series (London), Festival Fiati Novara (Italy), the Banff Summer Music Festival (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and the Saarburger Serenaden Festival (Germany). She has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony and West Virginia Symphony. Fiala has performed across the US with the Athenia Chamber Ensemble, a faculty ensemble at Ohio University. She has performed at nine of the last ten conferences of the International Double Reed Society.
Dr. Fiala has written articles for The Double Reed and I Fiati and has edited music for Spartan Press (UK). Prior to her appointment at Ohio University, Fiala held a similar position at Western Kentucky University. She holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where she studied with Martin Schuring. She has studied additionally with Alex Klein, Robert Atherholt, Richard Killmer and Mark Ostoich. Fiala performs on Howarth instruments.