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  • Are you frustrated because you’re not progressing on the oboe?

  • Are you looking for a supportive teacher who can adapt to your learning style?

  • Do you need reliable, handmade oboe reeds?

  • Do you want to learn skills to become a self-sufficient reed maker?

Well, you’re in the right place!


Hello! I’m Dione Chandler and I work with dedicated oboists who can’t wait to reach their full potential. I teach at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and live in Tampa - yes, that’s one heck of a commute - where I maintain a private teaching studio in both locations. At Stetson I am also the director of the annual Double Reed Workshop, an intensive week-long camp that draws over eighty middle and high school students from as far away as Alaska. We have a blast! 


I turn frustration into inspiration by developing a teaching plan that is unique to each student’s style of learning. I help students improve their fundamentals, like tone development, technique, and musicality... to name a few.  I teach efficient practice strategies to help students enjoy their practice sessions. 


And did you say reeds? I make and sell reeds to my students and teach reed making skills to interested students with careful supervision. Be patient - it’s a  process that requires practice, just like the oboe!


I have over 20 years of teaching experience, with half of those years at the collegiate level. Also, I have degrees from the Florida State University, the University of Southern California, and Rice University. This means I have extensive expertise to help you reach your goals. Are you preparing for an upcoming audition... All-State, Solo & Ensemble, youth orchestra, college or grad school?  Or do you just want to focus on improving your skills? Either way, I can help you.


In addition to teaching I have an active performing career as a chamber and orchestral musician, and as a soloist. I have been principal oboist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and play regularly with the Naples Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra, and the Orlando Philharmonic. The oboe has led me to perform throughout the United States as well as England, Wales, and Austria. An advocate of new music, I have commissioned works by several composers and have performed world premieres at the International Double Reed Society Conference and the International Clarinet Association Conference.


My teaching philosophy is focused on critical thinking and problem solving, inclusivity and collaboration, effective leadership and individual responsibility, for lifelong learning.

Want to know more about lessons? Check out my teaching page! 

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