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 at San José State University in San José, California, where he has been a lecturer since 2006. He also teaches a wide range of courses at SJSU, primarily in music theory and ear training, as well as music history and music technology.

Michael 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. His doctoral research focused on characterizing the relationship between air pressure and loudness during oboe performance.

Michael is a member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and he also performs regularly 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.

Prior to moving to California, Michael was a freelance musician in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area while in graduate school. He performed with many orchestras in that region, including one season as acting principal oboe of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.

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.

For more information, including recent recordings and details about studying oboe at SJSU, please visit Michael's website,


Oboe Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher both of university students as well as younger private students, 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.

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 and understand how and why they are producing their current sound, and to take targeted steps to grow toward a characteristic tone, polished musicianship and the ability to function independently as a successful professional.