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 teaching oboe, reed making, and piano lessons, 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.