Adduci, Michael D

Adduci, Michael D

Lecturer AY-C, Music & Dance




Preferred: (408) 924-4679

Office Hours

MUS 105, T/Th 8:30-9:15 a.m. and by appointment


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance, University of North Texas, 2011
  • Master of Music, Performance, University of North Texas, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science, Applied Music, University of Idaho, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Idaho, 1997


Dr. Michael Adduci teaches oboe and music theory at San José State University and oboe at Santa Clara 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. In addition to being a member of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, Michael also performs regularly on a freelance basis 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, the Monterey Symphony, and many others. When not teaching at university or performing, Michael keeps busy in the South Bay as a private lesson teacher, music coach, clinician, instrument repair technician, and reed maker. He works to make oboe playing easier and more accessible to students of all ages.

Oboe Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Adduci's teaching emphasizes tone production and reed making. Technical facility is acquired through the study of melodic and technical etudes including 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 that 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