Justin Henderlight, oboe
Teaching Artist Statement
In teaching oboe lessons or any other aspect of music, I always aim for an approach tailored to each student’s individual needs that makes connections to other parts of their lives. Good musicianship teaches students a variety of larger life lessons, such as the ability to be a strong member of a team, to have respect for the world’s cultures, and to value precision. Whether students hope to enter the music profession, or whether they wish to play casually alongside friends and family, I will support anyone to achieve their personal goals and become a more confident musician. The oboe can be a challenging instrument, but overcoming its challenges—including learning good reed-making skills—makes it all the more rewarding to play. I advocate a well-rounded education in musicianship, including ear training, the cultivation of a beautiful tone, and the pursuit of accurate musical style and solid technique that allows each student to find his or her own voice.
Justin Henderlight has taught oboe, music history, music theory, and ear training to students of a wide range of ages and abilities. He completed his bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Washington, during and after which he taught private lessons in North Seattle for several years. He was delighted to watch his students place at the state level of Solo and Ensemble competitions. Afterwards, he entered graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, where he attained a PhD in historical musicology. During the course of his graduate work, Justin taught writing and led academic discussions in music history for undergraduates.
An advocate of new and obscure repertoire, composer and oboist Justin Henderlight has engaged with a wide variety of groups in the Seattle area. As a specialist in writing new music in historical styles, Justin has provided compositions to local ensembles, including Seattle Baroque Orchestra. He has played with such groups as the Federal Way Symphony, Opus 7 vocal ensemble, and the Kirkland Choral Society. Currently, Justin is collaborating with the Saltwater Chamber Music Series, playing oboe and providing new compositions.