22. January 2014 · Comments Off on Jelena Dirks, SLSO’s New Oboist · Categories: Audition Results, Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has a new principal oboe: Jelena Dirks of Chicago. She’ll join the SLSO at the start of the 2014-2015 season. She replaces Peter Bowman, who has been out with health problems, and will step down from the post at the end of this season.

Dirks, a native of San Diego, is a third-generation female professional musician. Her mother is now-retired Chicago Symphony Orchestra violist Karen Dirks; Jelena Dirks began piano at age 5 and still plays professionally. At 11, she took up the oboe as well.


22. January 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I will keep telling the cute oboe player my “O-boe O-berto” joke every day until she laughs at it because she hasnt yet, which is piccolioar