Naomi Bensdorf Frisch

Naomi Bensdorf Frisch

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Oboist Naomi Bensdorf Frisch enjoys an active career as a performer and music educator. Along with holding principal Oboe positions in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Elmhurst Symphony, Mrs. Bensdorf Frisch performs regularly with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra during their season at the Chicago Cultural Center and as their principal Oboe at the Southern Illinois Music Festival. As a soloist, Naomi has performed with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has recently performed with the Tulsa Opera and Symphony Orchestras, the Elgin Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, Light Opera Works, and others. She can be heard on recordings with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony and in the chamber music of Chicago composer M. William Karlins, available on Hungaroton Records.

A native of Evanston, Illinois and Magna cum Laude graduate with a B.M. from Northwestern University under Ray Still, she earned her Masters of Music with Distinction from DePaul University. As a 1999-2000 Fulbright Scholar, Naomi traveled to Germany to study with world renowned Oboist Ingo Goritzki and performed with the Southwest German Baroque Soloists. Mrs. Bensdorf Frisch is the coordinator of the woodwind chamber music program and summer camp for the award-winning Midwest Young Artists. Naomi is in demand as a private Oboe teacher for Chicagoland’s young Oboists, teaching private Oboe lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago and the North Shore School for the Arts, among others. She has also given master classes and clinics at Southern Illinois University and has been on the Faculty of Trinity College, Lake Forest College, North Park University, and DePaul University.