Keslie Pharis is the Oboe Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and runs an active private studio. She has a range of teaching experience including oboe, reed making, and piano lessons, teaching woodwind fundamentals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, assisting university students with reed making, working at Bocal Majority and Operation O.B.O.E. camps, and running front ensemble rehearsals for Randall High School.

I am currently accepting students from the Madison, WI area into my private studio, or students in other locations for Zoom instruction. I also offer reed making lessons and workshops.

I work with students to hone the following:

  • hand position
  • use of air and support
  • embouchure
  • articulation
  • vibrato

Enhancing control of the instrument through the above technical skills allows for more complete musicianship with further development of phrasing, musical architecture, style, and character. As a teacher, I help students overcome technical hindrances to their artistry, allowing them to fully sing through the instrument and develop their personal musical voice.

Upon request, I am happy to provide copies of my teaching philosophy and studio/lesson policy.