A Nashville native, Roger Wiesmeyer began playing piano at age 4 and oboe at age 10. Nashville Symphony principal oboist Bobby Taylor was his first teacher at the Blair School of Music, where he studied from 1975-82. Upon graduation from Hillsboro High School, Roger studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with John de Lancie and Richard Woodhams. He played oboe in the Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Honolulu symphonies before returning to Nashville to play English horn in the fall of 2001.
In addition to playing in the orchestra, Roger teaches pre-college oboe at the Blair School of Music, is a charter member of the chamber group ALIAS, and presents an annual Mozart birthday benefit concert at Edgehill United Methodist Church. Roger recently founded the non profit Mozart in Nashville continuing the tradition of birthday concerts and expanding them to include quarterly concerts by The Nashville Concerto Orchestra and concerts in homes, assisted living centers, day care and schools, bringing classical music to people who might not have access to it.
Roger is the proud new owner of a 105-year-old Steinway baby grand and a recent convert to the joys of gardening.
We are very lucky to have Roger, through the good graces of our organist Charles Rus. He is here for one evening only- August 10 at 7pm- to play for us in the Parish Hall. Here is the full program:
Intermezzo in A Opus 76/6. Brahms
Prelude from English Suite in e minor. Bach
Roumanian Dance. Bartok
Sonata in Bb k 333. Mozart in three movements:
And finally, Intermezzo in A Opus 118/2. Brahms
Roger precedes each piece with a quick history and suggestions about how to listen to and enjoy it. In addition to his fine musicianhsip Roger is also known for his wit, friendliness, and helpful introductory comments. This should be a great evening.