Linda Strommen



  • To Foster Love and Camaraderie
  • To Inspire Excellence, Artistry, Individuality and Love of the Arts
  • To Model and Mentor Character and Integrity
  • To Help Each Student Become their Own Best Teacher

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

Albert Einstein

Former Students have held or currently hold positions with:


Recent Appointments:

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Faculty)

San Francisco Orchestra

Navy Field Band

University of Oklahoma (Faculty)


A Selection of Other Positions:

The Metropolitan Opera Company

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Saint Louis Symphony

National Symphony

San Antonio Symphony

Rochester Philpharmonic

Jerusalem Philharmonic

Mexico City Philharmonic

Honolulu Symphony

Spokane Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony

Wichita Symphony

Wichita State University (Faculty)

United States Navy Band

United States Coast Guard Band

The Julliard School Pre-College Faculty

Stephen Austin State University (Faculty)

Auburn University (Faculty)

New Haven Symphony

Nashville Symphony

Midland-Odesa Symphony

Canton Symphony

Chattanooga Symphony

Atlanta Opera

Birmingham Symphony

Portland Opera

United States Army Field Band

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live a life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unsuspected in common hours."

Henry David Thoreau

Reference Materials

A Student's Guide to Preparing for College Auditions

How to Choose an Oboe

Components of a Good Basic Warm Up

Recital Success

Becoming Your Own Best Teacher in Artistry and Interpreation

Career Planning (Dreams, Aspirations and Timeline)


Orchestral Repertoire / Audition Preparation

How to Prepare Orchestral Parts (and excerpts)

Standard Orchestral Repertoire List - Course I

Standard Orchestral Repertoire List - Course II

Standard Orchestral Audition Excerpts - Course I

Standard Orchestral Audition Excerpts - Course II


Eric Ewazen Concertos (Commissioned by Linda Strommen)

Down a River of Time (Concerto for Oboe & Strings, 1999)

Hold Fast Your Dreams (Concerto for Oboe & Wind Ensemble, 2010)

  • Program Notes ~ Indiana University Premiere (Coming Soon)
  • Score Notes
  • IDRS 2010
    Linda Strommen Premiers New Work for Oboe and Wind Ensemble
  • The oboe/piano concert version has been published and is available from Theodore Presser Company or other music dealers as of February 2013. Note that the pre-published versions prior to February 2013 contain errors. Please consult the published oboe/piano score to see important changes.
  • The oboe/wind ensemble score and parts are available for rental from Theodore Presser Company as of February 2013. Please consult the oboe/piano published edition for changes in the oboe part, and contact the composer for wind ensemble score changes.
  • Eric Ewazen has recently orchestrated the second concerto. The orchestra score and parts will be available for rental in 2016.
  • An Interview with Eric Ewazen by Terry B. Ewell
    IDRS The Double Reed Vol. 38 . No. 3, Fall 2015

Reed Talk Podcast: Episode 19 with Linda Strommen


Understanding the Oboe Reed by Graham Salter, American Contribution by Elaine Douvas and Linda Strommen


"Understanding the Oboe Reed" Linda Strommen Prose of Background


Understanding the Oboe Reed by Graham Salter


Available from TrevCo Music


Reed Class Materials by Linda Strommen and Elaine Douvas - 2008 Version
(a work in progress)

Class I - Early Stages of Reed Making

Class II - Finishing a Reed

The Use of Objective Tests Grid

Reed Analysis Guide

Reed Log

"The best teachers are ones that teach not just from the book but from the heart."