There are currently three oboe players in the San Antonio Symphony. Mark Ackerman is one of them. He is also one of only about 100 people in the U.S. who can call himself a professional oboist.

… really? Only 100 in the United States? Can anyone verify this? I have a sneakin’ suspicion this isn’t quite right.

That being said (written, really) you can read about the retirement of Mark Ackerman, in the rather odd article.

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  1. Rebecca Moore

    I would agree, there are 117 orchestras performing full time, and I expect that each of those employ at least 2-3 oboists/English Horn players. Not to mention the full time professional military bands/orchestras and WWQs.

    In addition, there are quite a few players working full time in the movie music industry and I assume on Boardway.

    Like the late Bill Bennett, Mark suffered a brain aneurysm and yet survived.