Theodore Oien joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 1988, after serving as second and e-flat clarinetist of the Denver Symphony, and as Principal Clarinet of the Winnipeg Symphony and the CBC Winnipeg Orchestras. A former student of Richard Waller and Robert Marcellus, Oien holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
A concerto soloist with the DSO at Orchestra Hall and Meadow Brook Music Festival, Oien also appears as soloist with other North and South American orchestras, notably in Winnipeg with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, in Greensburg with the Westmoreland Symphony, and in Montevideo with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay. He has performed Copland’s Clarinet Concerto under the composer, and in November of 1999 was invited to perform at Lincoln Center in a concert featuring principal players form major orchestras of fifty nations, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Recent appearances with the DSO have included Strauss’ Due- Concertino and Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds. He has recorded extensively for the record company Chandos with the DSO under Neeme Järvi and is heard on NPR’s Performance Today and weekly on General Motors Mark of Excellence. Summer activities have included chamber music performances with the Kent/Blossom, Carmel, Bravo! Colorado and Sunflower Music Festivals. Oien has been a featured soloist at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFests of 1994 and 1998.
A dedicated teacher, Oien has taught at the universities of Manitoba, Denver, and Michigan, as well as at Michigan State and Wayne State universities. He has also presented master classes in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Ontario, Canada, and adjudicated competitions across the United States and Canada. He is a long-standing artist/faculty member of Wayne State University and the Aspen Music Festival and School.