Barbara Reck

Second Oboe

Barbara Reck was born in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Western Michigan University, she moved to Iowa City where her husband attended grad school. Reck has played in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, Iowa City Community Band and Iowa City Community Theater. Currently she is a member of Orchestra Iowa (for 32 years), LIROS woodwind quintet and Trio 221. Reck and her husband own the Reck Violin Shop in Coralville where Barbara is the Office Manager. The two have 3 children and 3 grandchildren (number 4 is due in June).


Iowa City, IA

Year Joined Orchestra Iowa


Education & Teachers:

BM, Western Michigan University, 1976

Robert Cowart, Joan Berndt, Ron Odmark, Robert Humiston, James Lakin, Mark Weiger, and Andy Parker.

Favorite Symphonic Piece:

It’s too hard to pick just one. Favorites are Bach Brandenburg Concerto #1, Debussy Nocturnes, Ravel Tombeau de Couperin, Saint-Seans Symphony #3 (Organ), and Stravinsky Rite of Spring.

Favorite Memory With Orchestra Iowa:

The first Brucemorchestra concert and the first concert back in the Paramount Theater after the flood.

How did you start playing your instrument?

In 6th grade I started playing clarinet. Between 9th and 10th grade I switched to oboe because there were too many clarinet players in band, the high school had a brand new oboe I could use, and it was my mother’s favorite woodwind instrument.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Mark Weiger and Andy Parker, because of their beautiful oboe playing and love of music.

If you weren’t a professional musician, what career would you have?

I would be a nurse. My grandmother had been a nurse and I always admired that. Freshman year of college I was a nursing major, but chemistry class was killing me! Barely passing with a C, I changed majors to music because it came more naturally and I enjoyed it more.

List three things always found in your refrigerator:

Pretty basic things – fruit, cheese and ice cream

Who would play you in a movie?

Meryl Streep