University of Iowa School of Music 2021-2022 Magazine
Q: Why did you choose to study oboe at Iowa? A: I started playing piano in first grade when my parents made me and my siblings take lessons. I loved playing piano and making music, and I continued in band and choir through grade school and high school. In high school, I loved performing with my high school band, the Naperville Municipal Band, and as a paid cantor at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville, IL. I was involved in band, choir, jazz band, and jazz combo, and I taught oboe and voice lessons to underclassmen. There are so many intricacies and complexities to the oboe. I’m always learning new ways to improve my skills with playing and making reeds. Q: What’s a favorite Iowa Music memory? A: All the performances I have been in. There are so many opportunities to perform, and I’ve had the privilege to play oboe and sing. I was able to be in the production of HMS Pinafore this past semester, which was a truly wonderful experience. I also love performing and listening in oboe seminar to learn from my peers. Q: What has surprised you about your time at Iowa? A: One thing that has pleasantly surprised me is how kind and generous everyone is. It has been great getting to know everyone in the School of Music. Q: What advice do you have for new Iowa Music students? A: Say yes to an opportunity to meet people! Join an ensemble or group that may be out of your comfort zone. See where it takes you. It’s never too late to try new things. Q: What are your future plans? A: To teach music in a school setting. I find teaching really rewarding. I would also love to continue my studies with a higher music degree.
Sam Hoying ’25
Oboe Geneva, IL
There are so many opportunities to perform, and I’ve had the privilege to play oboe and sing. I was able to be in the production of HMS Pinafore this past semester, which was a truly wonderful experience.
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