- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a professional oboist with forty years teaching experience as well as a DMA degree. I help students learn to play the oboe with a beautiful sound, a complete, effective technique, and a feeling of ease while performing. Because of my outstanding teaching ability and extensive experience, I am able to show students how to really master the challenging areas of oboe playing, such as embouchure, breath support, articulation and reeds. I also work with students on developing their unique qualities as creative musicians, through an understanding of phrasing, note grouping and experience of improvisation.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
As a professional oboist, I have performed with the Bach Aria Group, Lazar Gosman's Tchaikovsky Orchestra, and the Manhatten Chamber Orchestra and Choir of Sacred Music. I am currently a member of the North Shore Pro Musica chamber music group and the Phoenix Trio. During the past forty-five years, I have free lanced in the New York metropolitan area and in Boston, including performances of symphonies, operas, Bach cantatas and chamber music works. I can be heard playing the English horn and the duduk (Armenian oboe) with David Darling and the Adagio Ensemble on the CD "In Tune", released by The Relaxation Company and the oboe and duduk with the improvisation group "Hidden City", on the CD "Another Country". I have also released a CD of original solo duduk music titled "Duduk Creations", which is available on Amazon and cdbaby.
I am a graduate of the Musicianship and Leadership program with Music For People, an organization devoted to music improvisation. For the past ten years, I have led improvisation workshops at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I am also the director of the Adult Chamber Music Program
I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance from SUNY Stony Brook in 1996 where I studied with Steve Taylor, and a Masters of Music degree in oboe performance from SUNYSB in 1977, where I studied with Ronald Roseman. I received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1975 and attended Amherst College from 1970 to 1972.
I find both oboe playing and teaching to be deeply inspiring. I feel that playing music is one of life's most wonderful experiences. It's uplifting and meaningful
to me when my students improve and play beautifully.