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Dr. Joseph Wenda

Dr. Joseph Wenda

Dr. Joseph Wenda,
Assistant Professor of Oboe, Operations Coordinator
Instrumental Music
Music Staff
School of Music


Joseph Wenda is an active performer, avid educator, and adventurous arranger. He was raised in Yakima, Washington, and earned his undergraduate degree from Central Washington University with Brent Hages. He earned his master’s at the Pennsylvania State University with Timothy Hurtz and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami – Frost School of Music with Robert Weiner.

Dr. Wenda strives for individuality in style and programming. His recitals often include works by living composers, original performing editions of older works, and original chamber transcriptions. His dissertation, “Two Chamber Transcriptions Featuring the Oboe from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59,” takes two of the most well-known scenes from the work out of the opera house and onto the small stage.

Dr. Wenda has been seen performing with the Venice Symphony, Gulfshore Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, TACTUS Chamber Ensemble, Palm Beach Symphony, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, The Villages Philharmonic, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Recent solo performances include Mozart’s Concerto for Oboe with Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Quiet City by Aaron Copland with the NorCal Music Festival Orchestra, and a chamber transcription of L’Horloge de flore by Jean Francaix at University of Miami - Frost School of Music.

Dr. Wenda was appointed as Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Oklahoma City University in 2019. In addition to his teaching duties, he is the Operations Coordinator for the Wanda L. Bass Music Center. Outside of the university, he is on faculty at Killington Music Festival (Killington, VT) and Bocal Majority Summer Bassoon and Oboe Camp (Houston, TX).

Contact Information

Rooms A304 and A335
Bass Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106