Eileen Whalen

Contact Information

  • Phone: 937-229-3936
  • Location: FH 477

Eileen Whalen

Adjunct Faculty, Oboe

  • Adjunct


Eileen Whalen, oboist, has been hailed by the New York Times as playing with "considerable virtuosity" and Opera Today has acclaimed her solos as "exquisite". She is currently the principal oboist of Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Glimmerglass Opera Summer Festival. She has been principal oboist of Honolulu Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and she has performed with the New Jersey, Colorado and Jacksonville Symphonies among others. She can be heard on the latest Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra recordings, on the albums "E O Mai" and "Kamalei: Collection-Two" by acclaimed Hawaiian recording artist Keali'i Reichel, as well as on the movie soundtrack for Mr. Holland's Opus

Ms. Whalen is principal oboist of Glimmerglass Opera Summer Festival, with whom she has performed on an Emmy-nominated PBS Great Performance broadcast. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and can be heard on NPR's World of Opera. She is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and participates in the DPO educational program, SPARK. In 2008 she was appointed to the faculty of the University of Dayton. Ms. Whalen received a Masters of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, a Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati and did additional coursework at Rice University. Her teachers include Allan Vogel, Sara Bloom, Peggy Pearson, and Robert Atherholt.


  • Masters of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Cincinnati