16. October 2019 · Comments Off on New Principal Oboist For Philadelphia · Categories: Audition Results, Oboe

You can read about Philippe Tondre here.

You can here him here:

And he is one fine, fine player! Congratulations to him. (And hey, he plays a Marigaux!)

06. July 2019 · Comments Off on Congratulations Ryan! · Categories: Audition Results, Oboe

I was delighted to hear that Ryan Zwahlen won the second oboe position with Santa Cruz Symphony. Congratulations to him and to the orchestra as well!

29. June 2019 · Comments Off on Vienna State Opera Orchestra Winner · Categories: Audition Results, Oboe, Opera

A young (21 years old!) oboist won the principal position in the Vienna Opera. (I read the news on the Vienna Phil Facebook page.) You can read about him here.

21. June 2019 · Comments Off on And The Winner Is … · Categories: Audition Results, Congratulations!, Oboe · Tags: , ,

San Francisco Opera had second oboe auditions this week. They were scheduled for four days, and I can’t imagine how exhausted both the players and the committee are at this point! But they have a winner.

Congratulations to Gabriel Young! I look forward to hearing you play next year. (Yes, we have season tickets again.)

Marcello, in 2015 (From YouTube: “19-year-old Gabriel Young (winner of the program’s concerto competition) in the final concert of the 2015 National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.”):

Here he is, playing the Mozart, in 2016:

And the Strauss. Memorized.

Obviously a fine, fine player! Very musical, which matters very much to me.

27. June 2018 · Comments Off on New Oboist for Chicago Symphony · Categories: Audition Results

Another young one wins an audition. What were you doing when you were 24?!

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has appointed William Welter, a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the holder of an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, as principal oboe.

The appointment is to take effect this fall, pending the finalizing of his contract with the association, an orchestra spokeswoman said.

At 24, Welter will be one of the youngest musicians ever to be named to a first-chair position with the CSO.


For Santa Rosa Symphony:

… the orchestra hired Jesse Barrett of San Francisco to fill an oboe/English horn vacancy. Barrett resides in San Francisco and plays with the Merced Symphony, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Napa Valley.



Minnesota Orchestra:

Joseph Peters (BM, 2009, oboe, student of John Snow) was recently named principal oboist of the Minnesota Orchestra. He is currently principal oboist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Found here.

Congratulations to both players!

01. July 2015 · Comments Off on Yet Another Young Winner · Categories: Audition Results

I just read this (thanks Delmar!):

AUDITION RESULT! Principal oboe Louisville Orchestra.
This audition was won by Alexander Vvedenskiy who graduated from Curtis and is currently studying with Liang Wang at the Manhattan School of Music. Here is Alex playing an oboe transcription of The Introduction and Rondo Capricioso for Violin and Orch. by Saint-Saens.

10. April 2015 · Comments Off on Another Young’un Gets the Gig · Categories: Audition Results

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s newly hired principal oboist Alexander Kinmonth has a lot to do before he takes his place next fall at the center of the wind section on stage at Orchestra Hall.

He’s got a two-month summer gig at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts and a week at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. Of course, he also has to relocate to Detroit and find a place to live. Oh, and one more thing:

He has to graduate from college.


I remembered the name when I saw it in the article. Yep … saw him on a YouTube video back in 2007!

02. October 2014 · Comments Off on A New Second Oboist: Corbin Stair · Categories: Audition Results

The Cleveland Orchestra second oboe audition took place yesterday and sources say Corbin Stair, a Curtis student, won the chair. Here he is playing “that movement” (at a rather quick pace compared to what I’m used to) from the Gran Partita:

Congratulations, Corbin Stair!

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.