An active performer, Jake Gunnar Walsh is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (M.M. Oboe Performance 2019) where he studied Oboe and English Horn with Linda Strommen and Roger Roe. Jake graduated from Ithaca College in 2015 (B.M. Oboe Performance) studying privately with Paige Morgan and Emily DiAngelo. He is formerly a proud private student of Patricia Wurst Cichy, retired faculty at Providence College.
Jake's work as a performer has led him to stages across the United States and abroad. Highlights of such performances include The National Flute Associate Convention (2017) in Minneapolis, MN; Indianapolis Opera in Indianapolis, IN; Bloomington Chamber Singers in Bloomington, IN; the Binghamton Philharmonic in Binghamton NY; the Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra in Trumansburg NY; the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ensemble X Contemporary Music Ensemble in Ithaca, NY found by the late Steven Stucky.
While a student at Indiana University, Jake was a member of the IU New Music Ensemble for three years (2016-2019) under Music Director David Dzubay. He also performed oboe and English Horn in the IU Philharmonic, Concert, Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras under such conductors as Arthur Fagan, David Neely, Thomas Wilkins, Giancarlo Guerrero and Carl St. Clair. In May of 2018, Jake traveled with the IU New Music Ensemble to Mexico City for a performance at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).
Jake is passionate about premiering and commissioning new works for the Oboe and English Horn, and specializes in the performance of contemporary music. He has led a series of masterclasses on Oboe Extended Technique and Contemporary Performance Practice, and has taught private oboe extensively. He is currently serving as a sabbatical replacement for Dr. Paige Morgan on the Oboe Faculty at Ithaca College for the Fall 2019 semester.