Benjamin Joseph Buergel, DMA
Dr. Benjamin Buergel is an award-winning performer, enthusiastic educator, and inquisitive academic. He has played in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and he frequently performs recitals of solo and chamber music. As a chamber musician, he has performed an extensive amount for woodwind quintet, oboe and string quintet, and flute and oboe duo with his wife, Chelsea Cowan. He has performed on numerous ensemble recordings, including a winner of a Global Music Award. He currently subs with several orchestras around Michigan and teaches talented middle and high school students.
At the collegiate level, Ben has taught applied oboe, reed-making, and beginning oboe classes. His workshop, Staying out of Reed Slumps, is in growing demand across college campuses. He has lectured on the pedagogical benefits of performing electro-acoustic music and has composed a set of etudes for oboe and live-loops. Other research interests include Schenkerian analysis, quintets for oboe and strings, and the physiology of tone production.
A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Ben started studying oboe at the age of 9. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University where he held the prestigious University Enrichment Fellowship. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver. He has attended the Chautauqua and Bay View music festivals. His teachers include Jan Eberle, Lisa Martin, and Laura Nortwen.