Adduci, Michael D

Adduci, Michael D

Lecturer AY-C, Music & Dance




Preferred: (408) 924-4679

Office Hours

MUS 105: M/W 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.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, music theory, ear training and music technology at San José State University. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in biology and music from the University of Idaho as a student of Dr. Carol Padgham Albrecht, and Master’s and DMA degrees in oboe performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Dr. Charles Veazey.

In 2014 Michael began performing with the Stanford Woodwind Quintet, becoming the newest member of the group in 2016. He is a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, and also performs regularly on a freelance basis with orchestras around the San Francisco Bay Area: Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San José, the San José Chamber Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony, and many others.

When not working at the university or in an orchestra, Michael keeps busy in the South Bay as a recitalist, music coach, clinician, instrument repair technician, reed maker and private lesson teacher. He works to make oboe playing easier and more accessible to students of all ages.

Oboe Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Adduci brings his background in the sciences to the study and teaching of music: his teaching style focuses on drawing out each student’s individual and unique ‘voice’ on their instrument, and also on the application of observational skills and correct knowledge of physiology to help make informed choices about how to play the oboe; his research focus is on the relationship between air pressure and loudness during oboe performance.

Michael’s students receive thorough grounding in many areas of additional study that help inform and enable masterful performance and teaching: pedagogy, the application of music theory to performance, oboe maintenance and repair, and detailed and precise study of reed making. The goal of the oboist should be to have the oboe do exactly what you intend in exactly the way you intend, with greatest efficiency of effort on the part of the musician. To accomplish this, Michael teaches his students to carefully observe what they do, to understand how and why they are producing their current sound, and to make specific choices and changes to grow toward a characteristic sound, polished musicianship and the ability to function independently as a successful professional.