MICHELE KIRKDORFFER, Associate Professor
Michele Kirkdorffer, Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Admissions Coordinator at James Madison University, received a B.M. and M.M. at the University of Northern Iowa and a D.M.A. at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Kirkdorffer studied with Sara Lambert Bloom and Thomas Barry and has coached with Robert Bloom, Allan Vogel, Alex Klein, Peter Bowman, Sherry Sylar and John Mack. She has performed with the Roanoke Symphony in Virginia; the Richmond Symphony in Indiana; Louisville Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky; West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; and is an active free-lance musician. Dr. Kirkdorffer has also performed at the Lucca Festival in Lucca, Italy, American Oboist Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival. During the Lincoln Center Mozart Bicentennial Celebration, she performed in Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard Opera Theater. Dr. Kirkdorffer currently performs with the Montpelier Wind Quintet, the resident quintet at James Madison University. This quintet has presented recitals at the Virginia Music Education Association convention, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, the International Flute Association Convention and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. On numerous occasions Dr. Kirkdorffer has appeared as a soloist with JMU ensembles performing concertos by composers such as; Mozart, Schickele, Bach, Telemann, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Harbison. She performs on soundtracks for The Learning Channel and National Geographic and performed on the 2004 Emmy award-winning soundtrack, Stalking Leopards, composed and produced by David Cottrell of Cottrell-Mangum Music. Dr. Kirkdorffer has performed as a recitalist and presented oboe master classes at the University of Kentucky, East Carolina University, Valdosta State University, the Virginia Music Educators Association convention and the annual JMU Double Reed Day.