...Jelena Dirks Photo
Guest Oboist and California native, JELENA DIRKS
is the third generation of professional women musicians in her
family.She began study of the violin at age three, the piano at age four, and began playing chamber music with her mother (Chicago Symphony violist Karen Dirks) at age ten.
The following year Jelena¹s enthusiasm for music expanded to include the study of the oboe.She has two Bachelors degrees from St. Olaf College, and two Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan: one of each in oboe performance and piano performance.
A two-time winner of the Musical Merit Foundation Scholarship Competition, Jelena
has performed in concert on both the piano and the oboe in recitals, chamber music concerts and with orchestras across the United States, and at international venues in China and the Lesser Antilles.This year her
concert schedule takes her
to the East Coast, throughout the Midwest, and into Canada.