David Weiss

Adjunct Professor

Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Winds and Percussion

Instrument: Oboe
Phone: (213) 740-7416
Email: weiss440@ca.rr.com
Office: MUS 308
Website: www.davidweissgallery.com


David Weiss has been a professor of oboe at the USC Thornton School of Music for the past 20 years. He is also a faculty member of the Music Academy of the West and the Henry Mancini Institute and serves as chairman of the Music Advisory Board of the Young Musicians Foundation. Recently retired as principal oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1973-2003), his first of dozens of solo performances with them was in 1962 when he was 15 years old. Other solo appearances took place at Carnegie Recital Hall, at New York’s Caramoor Festival, at Avery Fisher Hall and at the Kennedy Center. Between 1966 and 1973 he held first chair positions with the National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Metropolitan Opera National Company and the West Point Band.

Mr. Weiss has recorded numerous symphonic works with many conductors including Bernstein, Dorati, Giulini, Leinsdorf, Mehta, Previn and Salonen. In addition, he has played on the soundtracks for more than seventy motion pictures. David and his wife, pianist Alpha Hockett Walker (together known as “DnA”), perform recitals regularly in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Weiss’s multi-faceted career includes his being an internationally recognized master of the musical saw, and for nearly thirty years the official photographer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

David comes from a musical family—his brother, Abe, is principal bassoon of the Rochester Philharmonic, and his sister, Dawn, just retired as principal flute of the Oregon Symphony. All three siblings began their musical training with piano lessons from their mother, Marcia Weiss.

Other academic experience:

  • USC (scholarship) 1964-65
  • UCLA 1965

Studied with:

  • William Criss
  • Robert Bloom
  • Darrel Stubbs
  • Bert Gassman