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Biography and Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Michael Adduci teaches oboe, music theory, aural techniques, and music technology at Tennessee Tech University, where he is also the principal oboist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Cumberland Quintet. He has been a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Stanford Woodwind Quintet; he is a lifelong performer of symphonic, opera, ballet, and chamber music around the country.

Prior to starting at Tennessee Tech, for twelve years Dr. Adduci was a lecturer at San José State University in San Jose, California. He has also taught at Santa Clara University, Chabot College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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. He continues that research today, working to involve undergraduate music students in the processes of experimental design, quantitative data collection, and analysis.


Dr. Adduci brings his background in the sciences to the study and teaching of the oboe. His teaching style focuses on drawing out each student’s individual and unique ‘voice’ on their instrument, and on developing students' observational and analytical skills to equip them to become successful, independent, professional musicians. His 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, historical and modern performance practices, 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. He works to make oboe playing easier and more accessible to students of all ages.

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