Naomi Bensdorf Frisch


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  • Midwest Young Artists Conservatory
  • DePaul University Community Music

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Professional Associations

American Fdn of Musicians, College Music Society, Intl Double Reed Society


  • Artist-teacher who performs regularly
  • Experienced teacher of all levels and ages
  • Personalized instruction to meet your needs
  • Bachelor of Music Magna cum Laude from Northwestern University
  • Masters of Music with Distinction from DePaul University



Background & Experience

Oboist Naomi Bensdorf Frisch enjoys an active career as a performer and music educator. Along with holding principal Oboe positions in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Elmhurst Symphony, Mrs. Bensdorf Frisch performs regularly with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra during their season at the Chicago Cultural Center and as principal Oboe for their residency at the Southern Illinois Music Festival. As a soloist, Naomi has performed with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In demand as a freelance musician, Mrs. Bensdorf Frisch has recently performed with the Tulsa Opera and Symphony Orchestras, the Elgin Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, Light Opera Works, and others. She can be heard on recordings with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony and in a collection of the chamber music of renowned Chicago composer M. William Karlins, available on Hungaroton Records.

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Mrs. Bensdorf Frisch received her Bachelor of Music Magna cum Laude from Northwestern University, as a student of Ray Still, and her Masters of Music with Distinction from DePaul University. As a 1999-2000 Fulbright Scholar, Naomi traveled to Germany to study with internationally renowned Oboist Ingo Goritzki and perform with the Southwest German Baroque Soloists.

Mrs. Bensdorf Frisch is often working with young musicians. She is the coordinator of woodwind chamber music for the award-winning Midwest Young Artists program and runs their summer woodwind chamber music camp. Naomi is in demand as a private Oboe teacher for Chicagoland’s young Oboists, teaching private Oboe lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago and the North Shore School for the Arts, among others. In addition, she has given master classes and clinics at Southern Illinois University and has been on the Faculty of Trinity College, Lake Forest College, North Park University, and DePaul University.