Michele Fiala has performed throughout the United States, Italy,
England, Germany, France and Canada. Her CD of
contemporary oboe music entitled The
Light Wraps You (MSR Classics) has received international critical acclaim.
Carla Rees in MusicWeb International
spoke of “Fiala’s expressive oboe playing,” and wrote that “The oboe sound is
rich and warm…the playing is excellent, and the musical ideas are communicated
well.” Jeanne Belfy, in The Double Reed,
called the CD “a classy affair from start to finish” and said, “…the
interpretations are elegant…Fiala’s tone is light, mellow and flexible.” A
reviewer from the Salt Lake Tribune spoke of her “energy and buoyant playing.”
Michele also appears on recordings on Centaur, Equilibrium, and d'Note
Michele has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Phoenix Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Lancaster Festival, Knoxville Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Memphis Symphony, and with such artists as Lee Ann Rimes, Roberta Flack, Barry Williams, Daniel Rodriguez, and Trey Anastasio. She has performed in the Banff Summer Music Festival (Banff, Alberta, Canada), the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and nine of the last ten conferences of the International Double Reed Society. She has given guest recitals at the Conservatories of Novara and Udine, Italy, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Illinois University of Memphis, Arizona State University, Miami University, University of South Florida, Washington State University, and Utah State University.
Fiala is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Ohio University. She previously taught at the Saarburger Serenaden Festival in Germany and at Western Kentucky University. She holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where she studied with Martin Schuring. She has studied additionally with Alex Klein, Robert Atherholt and Mark Ostoich. Dr. Fiala performs on Howarth instruments.