Dr. David Cyzak (*see-zak) is the Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. Previously he served as Affiliate Instructor of Oboe at Bradley University, Second Oboist in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and Solo English Hornist/ Second Oboist in the Heartland Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the AFM Local 301 Orchestra Committee and served on the 2017/2018 contract negotiation committee which recently negotiated a new three-year contract with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. As an active orchestral player, Dr. Cyzak has performed extensively with Orchestras including the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra, and Sinfonia da Camera. His playing can be heard on the Naxos and Nimbus Records music labels.
His orchestral, concerto, and recital performances have taken him across the country from Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall to the intimate setting of Mark Twain’s drawing room in West Hartford, Connecticut. Recent master class and recital appearances include visits to DePaul University, University of Iowa, Ball State University, Illinois State University, and Penn State University. Always investigating and sharing the tradition of classical music his activities have focused on working with living composers to perform and premiere their works while seeking to illuminate classical music’s broad spectrum of expressive possibilities for any audience.
Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Dr. Cyzak received his Doctorate from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying with John Dee. His doctoral research explores the advanced vocal and instrumental techniques of Vinko Globokar's Oboe/ English Horn works. He received a Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma from The Hartt School under the tutelage of Humbert Lucarelli and a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied with James Caldwell, Robert Walters, and Alex Klein.
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