Kaden Klein is an oboist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attends the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor pursuing a B.M. in Multiple Woodwinds with oboe as his primary instrument and clarinet and saxophone as his secondary instruments. Kaden studies oboe with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, clarinet with Professor Daniel Gilbert, and saxophone with Professor Bishop. In particular, he has a passion for performing chamber music and working with living composers by premiering new music.
Kaden has performed in various ensembles at the University of Michigan, including the University Symphony Band and the University Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed in the University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre’s production of Bernarda Alba playing oboe and English horn, collaborated with MUSKET, a UM student musical theatre organization, in their productions of Funny Girl and A Chorus Line, and has performed early jazz on oboe at The Blue Llama, a local jazz club in Ann Arbor, MI. In the summer of 2022, Kaden attended the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival participating in masterclasses for Toyin Spellman-Diaz and Pedro Díaz. He has also performed in masterclasses for Tim Gocklin, Andreas Oeste, Colin Maier, and Hassan Anderson. In the summer of 2023, Kaden attended Domaine Forget de Charlevoix's New Music Festival in Saint-Irénée, Quebec, the Akropolis Chamber Music Institute in Bay View, MI, and the University of Michigan's NYC Broadway Immersion Trip, taking lessons with professional Broadway musician, Rick Heckman, on woodwind doubling. Besides studying woodwinds, Kaden is an avid retro video game collector and enjoys thrift shopping in his free time. As a composer, Kaden has won overall division winner and 1st place in the Instrumental Ensemble category in WSMA's Student Composition Project in 2019 with a composition titled, "Fantasy for Symphony Orchestra." Additionally, he won 1st place in WSMA's Composition Project's Instrumental Jazz category with "Bossa Nova Blues" for Oboe/English Horn.
Primary Instrument: Oboe Secondary Instruments: English Horn, Oboe D'Amore, Bass Oboe, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, and Clarinet