- Instrument Principal, Oboes
Dr. Jennifer Wohlenhaus (she/her/hers) is the Principal Oboist of the Des Moines Symphony and oboist with the Polaris Wind Quintet. She performs frequently as a freelance oboist in the Des Moines/Central Iowa area.
In addition to performing, Dr. Wohlenhaus serves on the music faculty at both Drake University and Grinnell College. She is a Teaching Associate at Drake University, where she teaches oboe, bassoon, music theory, and aural skills. She is an Applied Music Associate at Grinnell College, where she teaches oboe and bassoon. Dr. Wohlenhaus also maintains an active private studio of oboe, bassoon, and piano students.
Dr. Wohlenhaus holds a D.M.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in Applied Music and Music with Elective Studies in Business from Drake University. Her teachers have included Mark Weiger, Jay Light, and John de Lancie.
Dr. Wohlenhaus has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony since 1999.