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Applied Oboe

"I love playing music with my students. In every lesson, we make etudes, solos, and even scales into duets. When we play together, we pass support, energy and encouragement back and forth. We become colleagues in music making and teaching."

About Anne Bach

Originally from Rochester, NY, oboist Anne Bach studied with Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music, where she received her Performer's Certificate. Since moving to Chicago in 2001, she has performed with the Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony, and Chicago Philharmonic, as well as at numerous area festivals. Anne currently holds the second oboe position in Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony and maintains an active private studio, in addition to teaching at VanderCook.

Life at VanderCook

My students at VCM learn to develop their playing alongside learning to teach. In the course of their lessons and studio class, we not only address oboe-specific ideas but also how to teach and talk about those ideas. Since, as wind players, a lot of what we do is "invisible" (our articulation and air speed can't be observed as, say, the bow and arm of a string player), we talk about how to communicate and recognize what any oboe student might bring our way.

Using etudes and repertoire as a jumping off point, we look at fundamentals up through musicianship in language that applies to oboists at any level. As my students hone their oboe skills, they develop a language that they can use in their teaching---of themselves in the practice room and of the kids they'll reach, beyond VanderCook.

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study oboe here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.


Contact Anne Bach:
(312) 225-6288


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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