Friday, December 9 , 2016, 8:01 am | Fog 57º


Music Academy of the West Mourns Death of Acclaimed Oboist David Weiss

Music Academy of the West president Scott Reed on Sunday issued the following statement regarding the death of celebrated oboist David Weiss, a longtime faculty member at the renowned classical music institution:

David Weiss
David Weiss

“David Weiss was a man of formidable musical gifts who exuded magisterial charm on stage and off,” Reed said. “Ever the consummate professional, David reveled in all the details and challenges of great music-making, demonstrating time and again that exceptional performances are borne of an uncompromising commitment to excellence.

“Also a man of extraordinary warmth, David was unfailingly generous with his time, and took much pride in the development of his students. He will be sorely missed.”

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.

He recorded numerous symphonic works under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Antal Doráti, Zubin Mehta, André Previn and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and can be heard on the soundtracks for nearly 200 motion pictures.

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 whose work had been widely published. He served as the official photographer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly 30 years.

The Weiss Family Woodwinds, which also included his wife, Alpha Hockett Walker (piano); his sister, Dawn Weiss (flute); and his brother, Abe Weiss (bassoon), performed throughout the country for many years.

Weiss attended the Music Academy from 1962 to 1964, and was named an academy faculty member in 2002.

He died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 67.

Click here for more information about the Music Academy of the West.

— Tim Dougherty is the communications manager for the Music Academy of the West.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >