Jeffrey Padgett is the Principal Oboist of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal Oboist of the Kenosha Symphony, and is the Acting 2nd Oboist for the West Michigan Symphony. He performs with several other orchestras in and around the Chicago area, including the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Opera Chicago, Oistrach Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Padgett has performed internationally as Principal Oboist with the Lusatian Summer Opera Festival in Germany, and as Principal Oboist and Solo English Horn of the Chamber Opera Chicago in England and Scotland.
In the words of the legendary oboist John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra, “teaching is close to a sacred duty.” Mr. Padgett is the oboe professor at both Elmhurst College and the Colombia College of Chicago. He is also serves as an adjunct music education faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches music educators how to train up young and aspiring oboists. He teaches younger oboists at the Midwest Conservatory for Music, and also maintains a private oboe studio in the Chicago area.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Padgett was a founding member of Category 4 (a double reed quartet), The Lodos Ensemble (a woodwind quintet), and the Amethyst Ensemble (a mixed instrument ensemble), which he currently manages. In 2007 he was the 1st prize winner of the Midwest Oboe Competition, and in 2010 he was selected as the winner of the North Shore Musician's Club Competition.
He received his Master of Music at DePaul University where he studied with Eugene Izotov, now the Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Symphony. Two years later he completed his Certificate of Performance with Jelena Dirks, Principal Oboist of the St. Louis Symphony. Mr. Padgett’ss BM work was conducted at Western Illinois University under the instruction of Michael Ericson, former Principal Oboist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.