Michael Ochoa


Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Michael began playing oboe when he was 11 years old. He studied oboe performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating in 2018. He studied under Peter Cooper, principal oboist of the Colorado Symphony.  After completion of his degree, Michael moved to Boston where he has been appointed principal oboe with the DuBois orchestra and the Kammerwerke Dectet. He was featured as an oboe soloist in the 2019 Bach Birthday Festival at First Lutheran Church in Boston.
In March, 2019, as music director, Michael premiered a musical with JFK elementary in Somerville, MA. He was also a counselor for the Rocky Ridge Junior Music Program and the CU Boulder Summer Music Academy where he worked with student musicians as a section coach and leader.
At university, Michael focused on classical oboe performance in orchestral, band and chamber settings. He also performed as a soloist in recital and competition settings.  In addition to conventional oboe playing, Michael advocates improvisation and extended technique, even inventing a new way to flutter tongue on the oboe. In 2018, Michael premiered a improvisatory-based composition written by composer Drake Rutherford.
Age you Started Lessons: 13
Something most people don’t know about you: The first “real” book I read was The Hobbit. I can still remember the way it made me feel, like I was invited to the adventure along with the characters; like I was being let in on a secret world!
Other Hobbies: Philosophy, ping-pong, cooking, wandering/exploring
Hero(es): Christ, Lao Tzu, Plato, Descartes, Einstein, Jordan Peterson, Peter Cooper, Grandma, Naruto, Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Barber, Britten, Bernstein, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Messi, Wayne Gretski, Disney, Henry Clay, Dickinson, Robert Frost

Favorite Music to Play: Contemporary music. The music being written today is compelling because all the “greats” had to write their music to become the “greats.” They were all once contemporary musicians!