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Kristin A Sarvela, Instructor of Oboe and Music Theory


Kristin Sarvela joined the faculty of Eastern Illinois University in 2016 and is known for being an inspiring oboist and pedagogue. Dr. Sarvela has an active performing career and has held many positions in orchestras around the mid-west. She was the principal oboist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra for four years, second oboe in the Sinfonia da Camera for the 2014-2015 season, and an oboist and English horn player in the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra for many years.  She has also performed with a number of other orchestras including the Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra.  She has participated in Le Domaine Forget, Ad Astra, Madeline Island, Outside the Box, and Southern Illinois Summer Music Festivals, and has performed with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Emmanuel Ax, and the Mark Morris Dance Group.  She has performed in such halls as the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Carnegie Hall.  Along with oboe and English horn, she plays the piano, and also dabbles in the Renaissance Oboe and the harp.

Dr. Sarvela has taught sectionals, master classes, private lessons, and has spent many years working with the Eastern Music Camp, the Southern Illinois University Band Camp, and was an instructor for the University of Illinois Double Reed Camp in 2016 and 2017. 

Dr. Sarvela received her Bachelors degree in Oboe Performance at the University of Illinois with a Minor in Math and a Masters Degree in Oboe Performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a Masters Minor in Music History.  She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois, with a Cognate in Musicology in 2017.  Her doctoral document is entitled "The Oboe Compositions of Kalevi Aho, Riikka Talvitie, and Osmo Tapio Räihälä," and it focuses on the oboe compositions of three contemporary Finnish composers.  Her primary teachers include John Dee, Linda Strommen, Roger Roe, Edward Benyas, Phillip Ross, and Cally Banham. 



D.M.A., University of Illinois, 2017
M.M., Jacob School of Music, Indiana University 2014
B.M., University of Illinois 2012

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