Shane Werts is an oboist and educator based in Colorado. He currently holds positions with the Amarillo Symphony and the Grand Junction Symphony. He is also a Doctoral Candidate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a minor in Music Theory where he studied with Roger Roe and Linda Strommen. Additionally, Shane is Co-Executive Director of the Snake River Music Festival in Keystone, Colorado. Shane maintains an active private studio and has performed across the country and world.
Shane has performed with the Amarillo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony, Peoria Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and many more orchestras throughout the country. He has also toured internationally, performing chamber music with the Colorado State University Faculty at venues in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Shane can be heard playing principal oboe under the Naxos label on the 2018 Grammy Nominated album, "Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison," with the National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, and Cowell's Symphony 10 with the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra (2017).
Shane has a substantial background in music education. He has previously served as Oboe Professor at Colorado State University - Pueblo, the Associate Instructor of Oboe at Indiana University, as well as the band director at Summit Middle School in Frisco, Colorado; and at Gypsum Creek Middle School in Gypsum, Colorado. Shane maintains a private studio composed of musicians ages five to sixty-five who play a variety of instruments. He has collaborated with Breckenridge Music to serve the musical community of Summit County. Additional former teaching experiences include teaching at Stafford Music Academy (Bloomington, IN) and the Parlando School of the Arts (Boulder, CO).
In addition to teaching and performing, Shane has experience working with non-profit organizations in arts administration. He is currently Co-Executive Director of the Snake River Music Festival where he collaborates with the Carpe Diem String Quartet and other prominent musicians around the country. Shane proposed and developed a scholarship program that is currently run by the National Repertory Orchestra for Summit County music students in need of scholarships to take private lessons. He has served as the president of the Summit Community Orchestra where he fostered partnerships with local government, developed educational programs, planned symphonic performances, and collaborated with other local arts organizations.
Shane lectured and performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 2022. He has also presented and performed at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference in Colorado Springs and the International Double Reed Society Conferences in Oklahoma and Ohio.
Shane has earned degrees from Colorado State University - Fort Collins (Bachelor of Music Education) and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Master of Music). Shane's professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the International Double Reed Society, and the College Music Society.