Wayne Oquin was born in Houston, Tex. His compositions have been performed on five continents in 19 countries and 38 states. Oquin has composed for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the King’s Singers, the Jaspar Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE), Houston Chamber Choir, the United States Air Force Band, renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin, Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs, and soprano Susanna Phillips. Oquin has been featured by American Public Media, WNYC, WQXR radio, and in Gramophone, Time Out New York, Symphony magazine, the Texas Monthly, the San Francisco Classical Voice, and The Washington Post, among others. Winner of the 2014 National Band Association’s William D. Revelli Composition Award, he is also a recipient of the Commander’s Medal of Excellence from the U.S. Air Force.
Oquin was commissioned by the Danish Symphony Orchestra to compose a tribute in honor of the late conductor Lorin Maazel. Echoes of a Solitary Voice, based on a fragment Maazel sketched shortly before his death, was featured in the third round of the historic Malko Conducting Competition. While a student at Juilliard, he won the Richard F. French Prize for best doctoral dissertation, the Juilliard Inner-Arts Award, the Palmer Dixon Prize, and was the first recipient of the Arthur Friedman Award for his orchestral work An Unbroken Chain to Infinity (2004). He is the recipient of Distinguished Alumni and Alumni Achievement Awards from Texas State University. An active conductor and pianist, Oquin is a Steinway Artist.
Oquin received his bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard. He studied composition with Milton Babbitt and Samuel Adler. He was a teaching fellow for Mary Anthony Cox from 2001-08. He has been a College faculty member since 2008. He has been chair of the Ear Training Department since 2013. Oquin has been an Evening Division faculty member since 2016.