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Faculty and Staff

Christa Garvey

Dr. Christa N. Garvey

Professor of Music

D.M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
M.M., University of Colorado-Boulder
B.M., Indiana University-Bloomington

Academic Areas: applied oboe, chamber music, aural skills.

Dr. Christa N. Garvey
233 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-3390

Oboist Dr. Christa Garvey has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire since 2003 and is Professor of Oboe, Music Theory, and Chamber Music. She is an active recitalist, principal oboist of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and founding member of the Virtualosity Ensemble. Recent performances include a solo recital in Tokyo, Japan at the 2015 International Double Reed Society Conference, numerous solo and chamber ensemble performances on the Live from the Chazen recital series broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio, presentations at the 2012 College Music Society National Conference, the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference, and performances at the 2011 NACWPI 2011 National Conference and a summer 2010 concert tour in Germany with the Sonora Reed Trio. She is also the State Chairperson for the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).

Dr. Garvey has performed with many orchestras, including currently holding positions as Principal Oboe with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, and previous performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Cheyenne, WY Symphony, the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. She has developed an oboe method book for beginners and studied the manuscript scores and correspondence of Bohuslav Martinu for new performing editions of his chamber works.  Recent creative research involves using technology to facilitate real-time rehearsals over the internet with Pittsburgh, PA based duo partner/bassoonist Dr. Karen Atria. Her newest projects include blog writings on oboe pedagogy at and Oboe For Everyone (, a program she created that pairs oboe students from around the world with expert teachers for lessons, regardless of the student's ability to pay for lessons.

Dr. Garvey holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where her dissertation project was the College of Music winner for a campus-wide Creative Work Award. Her undergraduate degree was received from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Garvey's teachers include James Brody, Marc Lifschey and Elaine Douvas, Previously, she served on the faculty of the Metropolitan State College of Denver and was a Visiting Lecturer of Oboe and Musicology at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho.


  • MUSI 159/359 Applied Oboe
         MUSI 159/359 Lesson Worksheet
         MUSI 159/359 Tuning Sheet
    MUSI 141 Elementary Theory: Written
  • MUSI 142 Elementary Theory: Aural
  • MUSI 147 Intermediate Theory: Aural
  • MUSI 256/7 & 456/7Chamber Ensembles


Related Links:
Downloadable print quality photo of Christa Garvey.

Double Reed Day Flyer and Registration Form

Audio Excerpts by Christa Garvey, Oboe
At the River, by Copland, with Beverly Soll, piano
Boulevard des Capucines, by Silvestrini