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Reid Messich

Woodwind Area Chair

Reid Messich serves as Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Georgia where he is an active member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. Messich also serves as Co-Principal Oboist with Memphis’s IRIS Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Michael Stern and as the Principal Oboist of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro John Morris Russel. Each year during the summer months, Messich serves as instructor of oboe and woodwind literature at the MasterWorks Music Festival. In demand, Messich maintains an active international and national performance career as an orchestral musician, soloist, and clinician. He has presented recitals and been a guest artist at the International Double Reed Society on numerous occasions. Under the direction of Joseph Silverstein, he toured Japan and in 2017 Messich performed and taught at the Harbin Summer Music Festival in China.  

Messich has performed with many of the world’s greatest musical artists and has played under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto-Werner Mueller, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Robert Spano, Yuri Temirkanov, and Hans Vonk.

Messich records on the Mark Masters label. The CD Chroma, featuring the Georgia Woodwind Quintet, can be found on ITunes as well as his recording of Bozza’s Suite breve en trio. In 2016 he was part of the world premiere as well as recording solo artist for Christopher Stark’s, Velocity Meadows, for solo oboe, wind ensemble, and electronics. 

Messich received his Bachelor of Music degree at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where he studied under the direction of Richard Woodhams. He received his Master of Music degree and Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University where he studied with Dr. Eric Ohlsson. His other primary teachers include, Elaine Douvas, John Mack, and Joseph Robinson.  Messich performs on a Yamaha YOB 841 Duet Series. In his spare time Messich is an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, Kaitlin, and daughter, Lowry.

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