Michael Adduci, DMA

Michael Adduci

Office: MUS 105
Email: michael.adduci@sjsu.edu
Phone: (408) 924-4679

Applied Oboe Studies
Music Systems

Dr. Michael Adduci teaches oboe, music theory and ear training at San José State University. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in biology and music from the University of Idaho, and Master’s and DMA degrees in oboe performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Charles Veazey. Dr. Adduci is a member of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and he performs regularly with orchestras around the Bay area, including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San José, Ballet San José, the San José Chamber Orchestra, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra, and many others. When he is not teaching or performing, he is also the proprietor of Adduci Oboe Reeds, working with clients around the United States and Canada.

Dr. Adduci's teaching emphasizes tone production and reed making. Technical facility is acquired through the study of melodic and technical etudes such as the Ferling, Hite, Salviani and Sellner etudes, among others. Tone and phrasing are studied using the Barret oboe method and the Ferling etudes. Solo repertoire covers all stylistic periods and national schools of composition. Additionally, students will learn the physiological factors at work in playing the oboe so they can make informed decisions about correct playing techniques. Relaxation, rather than tension, is the key to a beautiful oboe sound.

Audition Requirements:
In addition to playing scales from memory (all major and minor scales, two octaves to high D), the audition candidate should prepare approximately 10 minutes of music for the audition. Entire pieces are not required - individual movements or excerpts are acceptable. The candidate should prepare a combination of materials that showcase their technical and lyrical abilities. Examples of suitable repertoire:

  • Cimarosa, Concerto for Oboe in C Major (arr. Benjamin)
  • Ferling, 48 Studies for Oboe, Op. 31 (Southern)
  • Marcello, Concerto for Oboe in C Minor
  • Mozart, Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
  • Nielsen, Two Fantasy Pieces
  • Saint-Saëns, Sonata for Oboe, Op. 166
  • Telemann, Sonata for Oboe in G Minor