Jennifer Wohlenhaus


Honors Wind Ensemble

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.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

I have two: First is playing Symphonie Fantastique in my first season on English horn with the former principal oboist, Jay Light, who was my oboe professor at Drake. Second is playing Scheherezade, one of my favorite pieces.

How I got started playing my instrument

My cousin had an oboe she was not using and my junior high band director suggested it as an alternative to playing the flute (which I played from 5th through 7th grade.)

Favorite composer


Favorite solo piece

Jean Francaix's L'Horloge de Flore (The Flower Clock)

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Almost everything from Led Zeppelin to Dave Brubeck to Yes to Ben Folds to Zero Seven to local bands The Envy Corps & Hanwell. Almost anything but country music!

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