Professor of Oboe
Michele Fiala is the Professor of Oboe and Woodwind Division Chair at Ohio University, where she received the 2016 Presidential Research Scholar Award. Dr. Fiala has performed in the United States, Japan, 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, ProMusica Chamber 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 that seeks to develop new and interactive ways of connecting audiences to classical chamber music.
Dr. Fiala’s book, A Performer’s Guide to Nineteenth-Century Italian Oboe Music, is published by Trevco Music Publishing (FL). She has written articles for The Double Reed and I Fiati (Italy) and has edited music for Spartan Press (UK). She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Double Reed Society, having served for four years as Secretary and four years prior to that as the Chair of the Young Artist Oboe Competition. Dr. Fiala received her master’s and doctorate from Arizona State University where she studied with Martin Schuring.