Michael  Dwinell
Oboe, English horn, Conductor 

About Michael

    A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Michael Dwinell is a freelance oboist based out of New York City. Recent appearances include performances with the Litha Symphony, the Riverside Orchestra, Liz Callaway at the Madison Theatre, and in Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (Nokia Live & Honda Center). He has performed as principal oboist and English hornist with the Riverside Orchestra, the Hollywood Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Piedmont Wind Symphony, NOVUS Chamber Orchestra, and in major UNCSA musical productions including symphony concerts, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, operas with the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, and Oklahoma!.
    In 2017, Michael joined the studio of Stephen Taylor at the Manhattan School of Music in the prestigious Orchestral Performance Program. Previously, Michael studied with award-winning conductor John Mauceri, and oboists Robin Driscoll, Joseph Robinson, and John Ellis. He is the founding oboist of the Halcyon Winds, a UNCSA-based woodwind quintet which won second place at the national level of the Music Teacher's National Association Chamber Music Competition and performed widely through North Carolina and Virginia. In 2008, he was an oboe and English horn soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Music (UNCSA) and the Leonard Bernstein Award for Excellence (2011 and 2012).

    As a conductor, Mr. Dwinell has led the UNCSA Orchestra and Wind Ensembles, and was the Associate Conductor for the 2012 UNCSA production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood guest conductor Aaron Gandy. In assisting John Mauceri, Mr. Dwinell has prepared materials and rehearsed with the Hollywood Symphony, the Danish National Radio Orchestra, and helped to create a new performing edition of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's incidental music to Much Ado About Nothing which was subsequently performed live and recorded for television and commercial CD release. He also played oboe in the production and mixed and edited the orchestra recording for the CD released by Toccata Classic Records in 2013 and subsequently on NAXOS. In February of 2012 Michael recorded the orchestra for the student ballet film Molly Under the Moon which was subsequently shown at Universal and as part of several national and international film festivals. In 2010 he was a conducting associate at the South Carolina Conductor's Institute where he studied with Peter Jaffe, Guillermo Scarabino, Paul Vermel, and Donald Protnoy. Mr. Dwinell continues to assist a number of conductors in New York and contributed orchestrations to the recent run of West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse.