Joseph Wenda is an active performer, avid educator, and adventurous arranger. He strives for individuality in style and programming. His recitals often include works by living composers, original performing editions of older works, and original chamber transcriptions. His dissertation, “Two Chamber Transcriptions Featuring the Oboe from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59,” takes two of the most well-known scenes from the work out of the opera house and onto the small stage.
Dr. Wenda has been seen performing with Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Palm Beach Symphony, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Venice Symphony, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, The Villages Philharmonic, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Recent solo performances include Mozart’s Concerto for Oboe with Naples Orchestra and Chorus and Quiet City by Aaron Copland with the NorCal Music Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Wenda was appointed as Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Oklahoma City University in 2019. In addition to his teaching duties, he is the Operations Coordinator for the Wanda L. Bass Music Center. Outside of the university, he is a co-development team member, A/V technician, and artist for Coyote Creek Music Festival (San Jose, CA). He was raised in Yakima, Washington, and earned his undergraduate degree from Central Washington University with Brent Hages. He earned his master’s at the Pennsylvania State University with Timothy Hurtz and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami – Frost School of Music with Robert Weiner.