Dennis Michel is a bassoonist with the Chicago Symphony and a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He also serves as head of woodwinds at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. Since 1988, he has spent his summers teaching and performing at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He previously held the position of principal bassoonist of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera. He was a founding member of the Arioso Wind Quintet.
Mr. Michel holds degrees from Eastern Washington University and Yale. His principal teachers include Wendal Jones and Arthur Weisberg. In 1996, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for advanced study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where he studied with Milan Turkovic. During that time, he performed with the Vienna State Opera.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Michel has played with the Da Camera Society of Houston, on the chamber series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and at numerous summer venues including Tanglewood, the Bard Festival in New York, Flagstaff Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and Summerfest La Jolla, where he was a featured artist for ten seasons.
He lives in Oak Park with his wife Peggy, an active freelance oboist and teacher, and together they enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.