Dr. Kristin Sarvela

Dr. Sarvela’s Education:

Doctoral Thesis: The Oboe Compositions of Kalevi Aho, Riika Talvitie, and Osmo Tapio Räihälä

  • M.M. Oboe Performance, Indiana University
  • B.M. Oboe Performance, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


More about Dr. Sarvela

Dr. Kristin Sarvela joined the UIS faculty in 2017, and is known for being an inspiring oboist and pedagogue. Dr. Sarvela has an active performing career and has held many positions in orchestras around the mid-west, and also teaches Oboe and Music Theory at Eastern Illinois University. She was the principal oboist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra for four years, second oboe in the Sinfonia da Camera for the 2014-2015 season, and an oboist and English Horn player in the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra for many years. She has also performed with a number of other orchestras including the Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in Le Domaine Forget, Ad Astra, Madeline Island, Outside the Box, and Southern Illinois Summer Music Festivals and has performed with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Emmanuel Ax, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. She has performed in such halls as the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Carnegie Hall.  Along with Oboe and English Horn, she plays the piano and also dabbles in the Renaissance Oboe and the harp.

Her primary teachers include John Dee, Linda Strommen, Roger Roe, Edward Benyas, Phillip Ross, and Cally Banham.