Well, here is the official bio:
Born in Philadelphia, Joseph Shalita started his musical studies at the age of 10 playing the clarinet. Soon afterwards he started learning the oboe and became a member of the Philadelphia Youth orchestra studying with Rhita Smith and Stevens Hewitt, as well as a member of the woodwind quintet program at the Settlement Music School studying with Shirley Curtis.
He then received a bachelor of music studying with Joseph Turner at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore after which he received a Masters of Music from the Mannes College of Music studying with John Ferrillo in New York.
In 1990 he came to Mexico as the Assistant Principal Oboe of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed Principal Oboe in 2005 where he is presently playing. He is an avid chamber musician and teacher in Mexico where he has been a member of the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet since 1993.
While with the quintet, he has gone on tour to Europe and the United States, as well as recording three compact discs, mostly of contemporary music.
Mr. Shalita is on the faculty of the National Center for the Arts teaching chamber music, and the Ollin Yolitzly School of music in Mexico City as Professor of oboe and chamber music, Professor of oboe at the Pan Amercan University and The School of Orchestral Studies Carlos Chavez.
Joseph is also the owner of Shalita Oboe Reeds which was formerly Weber Reeds.