Michael Chau is an oboist currently a senior at South Brunswick High School and a perspective performance major for music. Michael began playing the oboe at the age of 14 in the midst of playing 1st clarinet with the Crossroads South Wind Ensemble. Less than a year later, Michael successfully auditioned on oboe for the South Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble, the most prestigious band in the school district. Ever since his sophomore year in high school, Michael has become deeply involved with his school’s music program serving as Principal Oboe and Solo English Horn of the Wind Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his principal positions, Michael also participates in the school’s Concert and Symphonic Band both as a junior and now a senior where he also plays French Horn.
In January of 2018, Michael started studying privately for the first time with Kaitlyn Walker. Since studying privately, Michael has joined the Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band, the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, the Region II Wind Ensemble, and more recently the New Jersey All-State Symphonic Band as Principal Oboe. Being a senior in high school and a perspective performance major, Michael has participated in a weeklong summer program at New York University with Matt Sullivan and Kaitlyn Walker. In addition to this, Michael has attended and performed in masterclasses, rehearsals, workshops, and Woodwind Days at both New York University and Rutgers University. Michael has also had the opportunity to do a recording session and gouge cane at New York University during the school year.