Susan Odem received her bachelor of music degree in oboe from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Master of Music degree fromDrakeUniversity. She is a member of the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Quintet, the Lyric Winds, the Bruch Trio, and the Amadeus Trio. Ms. Odem is an adjunct instructor of double reeds at Simpson College and Central College and also teaches a private studio of double reed students.
MM – San Francisco Conservatory of Music
BM – Drake University
Jennifer Wohlenhaus is the principal oboist of the Des Moines Symphony. She holds a master of music degree in oboe performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with John de Lancie and bachelor of music degrees in both Applied Music and Music with elective studies in business from Drake University, where she studied both oboe and bassoon with Jay Light. Ms. Wohlenhaus serves as adjunct faculty at both Drake University, where she teaches oboe, bassoon, theory and aural skills and at Grinnell College, where she teaches oboe and bassoon.
In addition to performances with the Des Moines Symphony, she performs frequently with many ensembles in the Des Moines/Central Iowa area such as the Polaris Wind Quintet and the Des Moines Choral Society. She teaches oboe, bassoon and piano privately and is active as a church organist and accompanist.
Benjamin Holthaus holds degrees from Drake University and Temple University, where he earned his master’s degree and studied with Louis Rosenblatt, the English Horn player of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He currently teaches in the Waukee School District where he lives with his wife and sons and serves as the music director at the First Baptist Church in Johnston. He plays oboe and English Horn in the Des Moines Symphony.