Bennett Lopez

Bennett L.

Los Angeles, CA
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Bennett delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+

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Currently a freelance oboist in the Los Angeles area, Bennett has performed and taught all across the Northern California region including San Francisco and Sacramento. While freelancing, he performed with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble as part of their Golden Gate Music in the Park Series as principal oboist. Passionate about education alongside his drive to perform, Bennett has maintained a private studio wherever he has traveled. An active advocate for music in the public schools,Bennett has given clinics, sectionals, and taught ensemble rehearsals with various groups at local elementary, middle, and high schools.

Connecting with his audiences, Bennett is proud of his community engagement efforts, offering chamber music concerts to a wide variety of listeners. His former woodwind quintet, The Desert Island Winds created programs that highlighted the importance of chamber music for all music students and supporters.

Bennett is inspired and engaged in performing new works by living composers. During his undergraduate career, he performed over 20 concerts of new music. Primarily fostering younger composer’s passion to write, he also played a role during Composers Inc.’s first ever orchestral debut concert. Premiering new works in Berkeley, Hayward, and Stockton with various ensembles, Bennett has enjoyed all aspects of new music performance.

He has also performed across the world including Carnegie Hall, California Theater, Golden Gate Park, Ljubljana Theater, Slovak Radio Hall, Green Music Center, Faye-Spanos Concert Hall, Community Concert Hall of Durango, CO, Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, and various churches across California.

Bennett is pursuing a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA under the direction and guidance of Dr. Joel Timm. Previously, he received his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of the Pacific where he was a Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar.

A majority of his time is spent practicing his instruments, but alongside the necessity of reeds, Bennett enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He loves going outdoors and cooking!

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Student Teacher
Jan 2017 - May 2017
Elk Grove Unified School District

Student teacher for a High School music program including a freshman band, intermediate, and symphonic wind ensemble, jazz band, pit ensemble, and winter percussion. Duties included leading rehearsals for each ensemble as well as developing unit plans for students to get experience with music theory alongside their performance practices.

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Conservatory Student Representative
Aug 2014 - May 2017
University of the Pacific

Worked as a liaison to faculty, prospective students, and current students to ensure fluid day-to-day tasks completed. Ran audition days for prospective students to experience the conservatory and audition for faculty members.

Counselor and Performer For Stanford University Youth Orchestra
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes

I was a camp counselor for the three week intensive orchestra camp for the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes orchestra. In this experience, I acted as a mentor and leader for aspiring students as well as taught lessons in Oboe to the musicians. Performed as a member of the orchestra in two performances of Symphony Fantastique and An American in Paris.

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Master of Music in Oboe Performance
Aug 2017 - Present
University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
Bachelors of Music in Music Education
Aug 2013 - May 2017
University of the Pacific


Fluent / Native Proficiency


CA Single Subject: Music Teaching Credential
Jun 2017
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing


Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
May 2016
The Presser Foundation


Phi Kappa Phi
May 2016

In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2016

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Apr 2014

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Bennett L.

Photo by Bennett L.

This performance was part of an honor's recital at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO in the summer of 2016.
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Patrick Nov 6, 2018
Oboe · In home

Classes are well organized and flexible to suit my needs as new music is given out in band or a new solo is needed for some audition. I enjoy his teaching style very much and have learned so much about technical and musical aspects of playing the oboe!

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