Crystal Gillaspy is a Toledo native who holds degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from Ohio University and Miami University. She is currently in the process of completing her doctorate in Oboe Performance from the University of Iowa. Crystal has been very fortunate to have studied privately with Andrew Parker, Michele Fiala, Andrea Ridilla, Kim Bryden, and Ann Augustin. While in Iowa, Crystal cultivated a private oboe studio of middle and high school students who participated in area honors bands and competitions. She also performed with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, City Circle, Nolte Dance Academy, and with several University of Iowa student ensembles.
In addition to being a talented oboist, Crystal also has several years of experience as a band director in Ohio. Under her direction, The Fort Frye Bands performed at several Ohio Music Educator’s Association sponsored Concert and Marching Band Adjudicated Events. She is particularly proud of her many students who received superior and excellent ratings at Solo and Ensemble Contest and who participated in honors bands and festivals.