Petrea Warneck

Petrea Warneck's Biography

Oboist Petrea Warneck performs extensively throughout the Carolinas as an orchestral and chamber musician. She is a member of South Carolina Philharmonic and is often called upon to perform with the North Carolina, Charlotte, Charleston, and Greenville Symphony Orchestras as a substitute musician. She has a distinguished reputation as an oboe instructor in the southeast. Covering the Carolinas from east to west, she has a private studio is the oboe instructor at Furman University, the SC Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville, SC, and Clemson University. In past years, she also taught oboe at USC-Columbia, Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC), and the UNC-Wilmington.

A native of New York State, Ms. Warneck has had an active career in the field of arts management, first in NYC with Colbert Artists Management, Inc., and subsequently in Berlin, Germany, where she resided for five years assisting her husband, Diether Warneck, artist agent for renowned baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1994, she co-founded The Chamber Music Society of Wilmington (NC) and served as the executive director for the first decade of the series. She continues her affiliation with the organization as its Principal Oboist and Executive Director Emeritus.

Ms. Warneck is passionately involved in the performance of new music for her instrument. In 2006, she commissioned a work for solo oboe by Mark Kilstofte entitled “Inner Voices”, which she premiered at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Ithaca, NY in July 2007. The piece is a tribute to the legendary oboist John Mack, former Principal Oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra and Ms. Warneck’s teacher and mentor of over 25 years. She credits his influence and teaching pedagogy for her continual development as a musician and educator throughout her career.

Ms. Warneck obtained a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, a Bachelor’s degree from the Ithaca College School of Music, and continued post-graduate work with Elaine Douvas and Mark Ostoich. Ms. Warneck presents master classes and reed-making workshops from coast to coast. Additionally, she has taught CCM oboe studio classes during two of Mark Ostoich’s sabbatical leaves. She is a member of the artist faculty of the Oxford Oboe Camp in Georgia and the Charleston Oboe Camp.

Dedicated to the health and wellness of performing artists, Ms. Warneck is a devoted advocate of the importance of the mind-body connection. Her interests and skills in this work led her to the study of the Alexander Technique, which began over 15 years ago upon meeting Barbara Conable for the first time. She is now a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique through Alexander Technique International.

Ms. Warneck is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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