Prof. Kristin Reynolds
Professor of Oboe
327 Alexander
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

(734) 487-0482


Welcome to the Eastern Michigan University Oboe homepage. Thank you for visiting! Hopefully you will find the information you need regarding the music department at EMU, or oboe information in general, within these pages. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Kristin Reynolds:

Studying oboe at Eastern Michigan University offers oboe students the opportunity to work with an outstanding faculty on a regular basis, and also offers the advantages of frequent opportunities to work with world-renowned guest artists. Most recent guest artists have included: Donald Baker (principal oboe with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida (principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Symphony), Kimberly Bryden Loch (principal oboe with the Toledo Symphony), and Dr. Aryn Day Sweeney (Professor of Oboe at Ball State University). Oboists at EMU are taught instrument repair and maintenance by our resident expert on instrument repair, Ko Kaiden, and are also exposed to pertinent topics specifically designed for musicians which include: “Musicians and Hearing Loss”, “Therapeutic Yoga for Musicians”, etc. Performing opportunities are plentiful and wide-spread for the interested music student at Eastern Michigan University. The Oboe Studio has a Facebook page (“Eastern Michigan University Oboe Studio”) that, once “liked”, alerts oboists and others in the community of upcoming news, events, and concerts. Come join us for an exceptional educational experience at EMU!


Kristin Reynolds is active as both a dedicated teacher and playing professional. Currently serving as Oboe Professor and Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, her previous teaching responsibilities have included serving on the faculties of Hillsdale College and Concordia University. In addition, Ms. Reynolds has served as Adjunct Oboe faculty at The University of Michigan. In addition to performing regularly with Eastern Winds, EMU’s faculty woodwind quintet, she performs with the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Flint Symphony, Windsor (Ontario) Symphony, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. She recently performed at the International Double Reed Society convention at the University of Arizona. In recent years she has performed in orchestras for The 3 Tenors, Natalie Cole, Jim Brickman, David Archuleta, Mannheim Steamroller, The Beach Boys, Joni Mitchell, Amy Grant, The Moody Blues, Led Zepplin, and the American Ballet Theater. A portion of her orchestral pit experience includes productions of Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, Martin Guerre, and Elton John’s Aida. In addition to presenting lectures, master classes, and adjudicating across the United States, Ms. Reynolds has toured both nationally and internationally in orchestras and wind ensembles throughout Europe, Japan, and Scandinavia. She can be heard on the Caprice label performing with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra of Sweden, as well as on the Naxos label. Ms. Reynolds recently contributed to a reference book: “Tuning for Wind Instruments – A Roadmap to Successful Intonation”, by Shelley Jagow.

A native of Southern California, Ms. Reynolds spent two summers studying at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and holds a teaching certificate from Concordia University. Her study of the oboe, both privately and in master classes, have included work with: John Ferrillo (Boston Symphony), John Mack (Cleveland Orchestra), Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida (Pittsburgh Symphony), Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music), Elaine Douvas (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Juilliard School), Linda Strommen (Indiana University), William Criss (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Harry Sargous (The University of Michigan), Dan Stolper (Interlochen Arts Academy), and Richard Woodhams (Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute and Temple University).

Ms. Reynolds is a member of the American Federation of Musicians; Locals 625, 5, and 15-286, as well as the International Double Reed Society, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.