Obituary: Oboist David Weiss, 67

Posted on: May 29, 2014

On Sunday (5/25) at Noozhawk (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Tim Dougherty reports that oboist David Weiss, a longtime faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 67. “Having made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1962 at age 15, Weiss went on to serve as principal oboist of the orchestra from 1973 to 2003, after holding first-chair positions with the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera National Company and the West Point Band.… A faculty member at USC Thornton School of Music and Cal State University, Long Beach, Weiss taught for many years at the Henry Mancini Institute and was a frequent guest teacher at New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, the Sarasota Music Festival and International Double Reed Society conferences. An internationally recognized master of the musical saw, he was also an accomplished photographer…. He served as the official photographer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly 30 years.… Music Academy of the West president Scott Reed on Sunday issued a statement: ‘David Weiss was a man of formidable musical gifts who exuded magisterial charm on stage and off…. David was unfailingly generous with his time, and took much pride in the development of his students. He will be sorely missed.’ ”

Posted May 29, 2014