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David Oyen, DMA

Graduate Studies Coordinator
Professor of Music, Bassoon
Area(s): Administration, Woodwinds, Private Applied, Music TheoryDavid-Oyen-2015-sm.jpg


  • DMA in Bassoon Performance, The Ohio State University
  • MM in Bassoon Performance, The Ohio State University


"Bassoon students at Morehead State have ample opportunities to explore not only large ensemble playing but also chamber music. The individual attention that students receive at Morehead State is its greatest strength."

Dr. David Oyen is Professor of Bassoon and Music Theory at Morehead State University. He holds a BM degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an Orchestral Music Diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the MM and DMA degrees in Bassoon Performance from The Ohio State University. He studied bassoon with Robert Wisneskey, Gary Echols, Günter Pfitzenmaier, Stephan Krings and Christopher Weait. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, he was principal bassoonist of the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra, Opera/Columbus, the Roanoke Symphony, Keith Brion's New Sousa Band and OBOHIO. As an MSU faculty member, he has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, the West Virginia Symphony, the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, the Movére Wind Quintet, the Seneca Chamber Orchestra and the Baird Winds and in Trifecta, a clarinet, bassoon and piano trio. Trifecta released a CD recording in 2015 and has commissioned and premiered many works. Dr. Oyen has also performed at the International Double Reed Society Conferences in 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2017. As a board member of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) Dr. Oyen has served as Local Conference Host, Elementary Competitions Coordinator, First Vice President, President and Past President. He currently serves as Historian of that organization. In addition to his teaching duties at Morehead State, Dr. Oyen served on the faculty of Lutheran Summer Music from 1997 to 2018 and has taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

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