Scott Charles Oakes currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Wichita State University, Principal Bassoon of the Wichita Symphony, and Bassoonist of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. Previously, Mr. Oakes held positions of Principal Bassoon of the Quad City Symphony (Davenport, IA), the Rockford Symphony (IL), and was a member of both the Illinois Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic. Noted for his “smoky” bassoon tone and “grace and beauty,” Mr. Oakes is equally at home performing with numerous orchestras in the Chicago area and throughout the upper Midwest, including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra; the Symphonies of Green Bay, Elgin, Lake Forest, Northwest Indiana, and South Bend; the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago; and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
Scott joins the Wichita Grand Opera as Principal Bassoon this season, having previously performed for various opera companies including Opera Illinois, Des Moines Metro Opera, Elgin Opera, Chicago Cultural Center, and L’Opera Piccola of Chicago. An avid chamber musician, he has performed at a range of venues throughout the Chicago metro area, including the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall and Gottlieb Hall. Other engagements have included performances with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony, Ravinia Festival, and Southern Illinois Music Festival.
Mr. Oakes holds a Master of Music degree from the DePaul University School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers were William Buchman of the Chicago Symphony and Dr. Donald DaGrade.