Whether you play in the Chicago Symphony, your community orchestra, or high school band, you share the same goal to own an oboe to suit your personal needs.  Through my research and over 20 years experience as a performer, I can help you find an instrument that will fit your different concepts of reed vibration and tonal production.  My oboe selection will let you, your reed, and your oboe all perform as one!

I pride myself in making sure that you love the oboe you choose.  I give professional players, college professors, and students all an equal amount of attention in finding the perfect oboe.  I offer new and used instruments on a two-week trial either in your own home, or in my acoustically sound studio.


New Howarth XL and LXV oboes have just arrived!
Look for special pricing for the Spring!

NOW carrying CHANG knives!

SPRING SPECIALS!!  Click here for current specials! Great ideas for gifts!


March 15-17, 2019
Howarth of London/Oboe Chicago Weekend Gala
No reservations needed
Hours TBD
Guest Jeremy Walsworth, Director of Howarth of London Oboes and English Horns
Evanston, IL

is now Offering Financing through First Mutual Finance, Contact Shawna for more information!

Here is what others are saying...
"Shawna has the performers knowledge of the oboe, exhibiting the highest integrity in her business.  She keeps abreast of new developments in the industry and is able to counsel top professionals, teachers and students!"

Michael Henoch
Assistant Principal Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Professor of Oboe, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University
"Working with Shawna is a delight.  She takes a personal interest in all aspects of her business.  I highly recommend anyone who is interested in purchasing an oboe, English horn, or d'amore to contact her."

Bob Morgan
Professor of Oboe, Northwestern University
Howarth Artist, Principal Oboe-Music of the Baroque
Solo English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe-Lyric Opera of Chicago
"Shawna Lake has one of the most extensive professional lines in the business.  With her personal warmth, knowledge and experience, she serves our oboe students with excellence!"

John Dee
Professor of Oboe, University of Illinois
Bill A. Nugent Endowed Professor of Music Performance
"Last year I bought two Loree oboes from Oboe Chicago and couldn't be more pleased.  Shawna was extremely helpful and I got two outstanding instruments.  I recommend her without reservation.  It is truly great to have a first rate oboe dealership in Chicago."

Peggy Michel
Professor of Oboe and Chamber Music
Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University

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