Critics have described oboist Lindabeth Binkley’s playing as a “classic triumph of lightness, delicacy, and expressiveness.” She has held positions with the Colorado Symphony, Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, and performed as the Principal Oboist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2009. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Binkley holds degrees from Central Michigan University, The University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Arizona. Her primary oboe teachers include Roger Rehm, Peter Cooper, and Dr. Neil Tatman.
Dr. Binkley was appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, MI) in the spring of 2010. She is Principal Oboist of the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Flint, MI) and, since moving to Michigan, has been active throughout the state in performances with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Saginaw Bay Symphony, Midland Symphony, Traverse City Symphony, Jackson Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Lexington Bach Festival. A passionate advocate for chamber music, Dr. Binkley was Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed St. Andrew’s Bach Society (Tucson, AZ), a summer chamber music concert series, from 2007-2011. She also performs regularly with the Powers Woodwind Quintet, a CMU faculty ensemble, and the Flint Symphony Wind Quintet, an ensemble of the principal wind players from the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
She has served on the faculties of the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and as Artist in Residence and Oboe Instructor at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan (2007). A dedicated teacher, Dr. Binkley’s students have been accepted into prominent summer music programs such as the Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO), Vianden International Music Festival (Luxembourg), Marrowstone Music Festival (Bellingham, WA), and the Idyllwild Arts Academy (Idyllwild, CA). Students who have studied with Dr. Binkley have been accepted into graduate programs at the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Arizona State University. In addition, she, with Professor MaryBeth Minnis, hosts a summer reed making camp for high school oboists and bassoonists at the Central Michigan University School of Music.
Increasingly interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, Dr. Binkley presents frequently at the annual Michigan Music Conference in an effort to assist instrumental directors with teaching their young oboists. Her most popular session, presented with CMU bassoon colleague, MaryBeth Minnis, "Teaching Double Reeds: Think Outside the Box!," was also presented at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas. As a member of the CMU Powers Woodwind Quintet, she assisted in the presentation of a program entitled, “Gems: Music for High School Woodwind Quintet.” at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic (Chicago, IL).
Dr. Binkley performs on a Royal oboe made by F. Lorée (Paris).