GVSU Oboe Studio

Why Study at Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University’s environment is rooted in a broad liberal education. The GVSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance specializes in undergraduate studies, offering degrees in Music Performance (B.M.), Music Education (B.M.E), and Bachelor of Arts (B.A). Students not interested in majoring in music can audition for a Music Minor or audition for university ensembles as Participants. Outstandingly gifted students are encouraged to audition for Performance Honors, earning hour private lessons with GVSU’s faculty.

A wide array of music ensembles is available for students, including Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, University Ensemble, University Band, and Marching Band. Students are also strongly encouraged to form Small Chamber Ensembles (woodwind quintets, trios, etc.). 

In addition to Music Scholarships, GVSU offers a variety of scholarships for incoming students. Interested students are encouraged to contact the GVSU Financial Aid Office to schedule an appointment.


Lessons, Studios, Reed Making

In addition to weekly lessons, all students meet for studio classes in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall and for reed making classes at the GVSU Reed Making Room.

In the past we had wonderful guest artists perform and present master classes on the GVSU campus.

  • John Dee, University of Illinois
  • Stephen Caplan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Andrea Fedele, St. Cloud State University
  • Michele Fiala, Ohio University
  • Geralyn Giovannetti, Brigham Young University
  • Scott Hostetler, Chicago Symphony
  • Celeste Johnson, UMKC Conservatory
  • Nancy Ambrose King, University of Michigan
  • Andrea Ridilla, Miami University
  • Alison Robuck, Bradley University
  • Martin Schuring, Arizona State University
  • Robert Sorton, Ohio State University
  • Dan Stolper, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
  • Kelly Vaneman, Converse College
  • Allan Vogel, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and California Institute of the Arts

General Admission and Music Auditions

To schedule your audition, visit the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.  
To apply to Grand Valley State University, visit the GVSU Admissions.

To be considered for a music scholarship, it is recommended that students audition by mid-March at the latest. Students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Dr. Vavrikova prior to their audition. In addition, they are welcome to visit oboe studio or reed making classes, sit in on an ensemble rehearsal or music classes, and speak with students and faculty about GVSU’s music programs. 

To schedule a lesson with Dr. Vavrikova, email [email protected], or call (616) 331-2999.

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Oboe Days, Chamber Music Clinics, and Reed Making Workshops
Oboe Studio Photos
Remembering Prof. Dan Stolper 

Page last modified December 3, 2020