Petrea Warneck

Petrea Warneck

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Oboe

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Oboist Petrea Warneck performs extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician. Warneck has had an active career in the field of arts management, first in New York and subsequently in Berlin, Germany, where she resided for five years assisting her husband, Diether Warneck. Her husband is an artist agent for the renowned baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1994, she co-founded The Chamber Music Society of Wilmington (N.C.) and served as the executive director for the first decade of the series.

Passionate about new music for her instrument, she commissioned and premiered a work for solo oboe in 2006 by Mark Kilstofte, entitled "Inner Voices." The piece is a tribute to the legendary oboist, John Mack. Mack was Warneck's teacher and mentor for more than 25 years. Warneck presents master classes and Reed-making workshops from coast to coast?most recently at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM), where she is a regular guest lecturer. At CCM, she also took on teaching and oboe studio class responsibilities during two sabbatical leaves of Mark Ostoich. 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, she is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and is in training to become a licensed Andover Educator Instructor of Body Mapping.


  • YWCA Women of Achievement Award (2002)


  • D.M.A., Candidate
  • M.M., University of South Carolina
  • B.M., Ithaca College

Training Under:

  • Rebecca Nagel, University of South Carolina
  • Peter Hedrick, Ithaca College
  • Elaine Douvas, John Mack and Mark Ostoich, Independent studies


My teaching philosophy in the applied studio, as well as in the classroom, has undoubtedly been influenced by my own teachers. Some of the most important lessons that I learned from my teachers in the past have been: how to become an effective problem solver; how to treat each student as an individual; how to have a balanced life in the music profession; and most importantly, how to become an independent thinker.

One goal of mine is to prepare students for a life outside of school. I would like them to be socially established, well-rounded individuals who are effective teachers and performers. I want to develop good citizens who are responsible. I think it is extremely important to treat all students as individuals?some students require a sensitized approach to criticism while others respond to a more direct, systematic approach. It is important to me to foster a positive learning environment where students can learn and develop to their full potential.