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Oboe family tree

Teaching lineage of oboe players starting with the five UNT oboists who made this and going back to Alexis Saint-Martin. Feel free to use this and add to it!

Ashley Rollins

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Marcel Tabuteau

Robert Bloom (1908-1994)
Harold Gomberg (1916-1985)
Ralph Gomberg (1921–2006)
John de Lancie (1921-2002)
Marc Lifschey (1926-2000)
John Mack (1927–2006)
Georges Gillet (1854–1920)
Fernand Gillet
An Interview: http://www.norapost.com/gillet.html
Studied with Tabuteau at the Curtis Institute

Assistant Principal and English horn in the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski (1930-1935)

Principal oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic

Principal Oboe of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini (1937-1943)

Founding member of the Bach Aria Group (1946-1980)

Led a revival of Baroque oboe music

Taught at Eastman (1936-1937), Yale (1957-1976), Hartt (1967-1975), the Manhattan School of Music (1967-1972), Juilliard (1973-1981), and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts (1978-1985)

Robert Bloom – The Story of a Working Musician available through RDG
Played a Loree oboe with top joint DS 10 and bottom joint BL 73 in 1980
Harold Gomberg's younger brother

Studied with Tabuteau at the Curtis Institute starting at age 14—he was one of the youngest students Tabuteau ever taught

Principal oboist of the All-American Youth Orchestra under Stokowski

Drafted by Eugene Ormandy to play in the Philadelphia Navy Yard Band during World War II

Helped found the New York Woodwind Quintet and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Played in the New York City Center Orchestra under Bernstein

Principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1950-1987)

Taught at Boston University, the Peabody Institute, and the New England Conservatory

Played on a Gomberg Brothers oboe for several years, then played a Laubin 1400 serie
John de Lancie speaks about Tabuteau:
Studied with Tabuteau at the Curtis Institute

Also studied with Fernand Gillet and Bert Brenner

Principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell (1950-1965)

Principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony (1965-1986)

Also served as principal oboist of the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Played on Loree oboe AY 42 in 195
Richard Killmer
Nancy Ambrose King
Linda Strommen
James Ryon
Robert Sprenkle (1914-1988)
Wayne Rapier

Studied with Tabuteau, Sprenkle, and Earnest Harrison

Oboist with the Boston Symphoony Orchestra (1970-1995)

Oboe professor at the New Enland Conservatory (1972-c.1995)

Founded Boston Records

Responsible for the recording Marcel Tabuteau's Lessons
Ellen Menking
Ashley Rollins
Bobby Taylor
B.M.E. (Louisville), additional studies University of Kentucky, graduate studies Yale University

Student of Daniel McAninch, Robert Bloom, Ray Still, Wayne Rapier, James Caldwell, and John Mack.

United States Navy Band, 1963-67; New Haven Symphony, 1967-68; Bridgeport Symphony, 1967-68; Colorado Philharmonic, 1968; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1968-69; Principal Oboe, Nashville Symphony Orchestra 1969-2010: Artist-faculty, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, 1970-75;

Artist in Residence, Tennessee Arts Commission,1981; Principal oboe and featured soloist, Amy Grant Christmas Tour, 1997-98. Studio, movie soundtrack and television recording.

Member of faculty: University of Louisville, 1985. Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University 1969-2010.
Currently professor of oboe at Indiana University and visiting professor at Juilliard

Has also taught at Louisiana State, Wichita State, Mannes, the University of New York at Purchase, the University of Hawaii, and as an adjunct at Yale

Teaches at the John Mack oboe camp

Has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Santa Fe opera, the Milwaukee, Honolulu, New Heaven, Wichita, and Baton Rouge symphonies, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Studied with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music; additional studies with Ray Still, Richard Woodhams, Robert Bloom, and Stephen Colburn
Richard Woodhams
Idrs article about Harold Gomberg: http://www.idrs.org/publications/controlled/TWOboist/TWO.V5.3/king.html
Studied with Tabuteau at the Curtis Institute starting at age 11 (according to Grove)

Principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic (1943-1977)

Also played in the National Symphony Orchestra (1934), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1938), and the St. Louis Symphony (1939)

Premiered the Barber Canzonetta, which was written for him, with the New York Philharmonic in 1980

Taught at Juilliard (1948-1977)
He drew this
Joseph Robinson (b. 1940)
Ray Still (b. 1920)
Philip Memoli
de Busscher's disciple

Played second oboe to de Busscher for years
Henri de Busscher (1880-1975)
His playing influenced both Ray Still and Leon Goossens to take up the oboe

Born October 29, 1880; died August 27, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

A Belgian oboist who studied with Guillame Guide at the Brussels Conservatory.

Also a very prominent child vocalist as well.

Playing engagements and jobs included the Brussels Opera, the Ysaye Orchestra, New York SO, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Moved to Los Angeles in 1915 where he taught singing and the oboe.

In 1948 he retired from the Columbia Studio Orchestra but continued to teach.

Very influential in his innovations on the oboe. Such innovations included the movement for an octave key.
Ronald Roseman (1933-2000)
Gustave Vogt (1781-1870) French
Apollon Marie-Rose Barret
Henri Brod (1799-1839)
Probably first to add octave keys; extended range to low B; championed a straight English horn.
(info from http://bretpimentel.com/woodwinds/oboe/people/)
Charles Colin (1832 - 1881)
Louis-Charles (1810-1867) and Frederic (1813-1878) Triebert
Stanislas Verroust (1814–1863)
From a family of famous oboe makers

Frederic in particular helped design the conservatory system oboe, which was championed by Gillet

Francois Loree worked as foreman for Frederic Triebert before starting his own company in 1881
Graduated from the Conservatoire in 1869 at the unusually early age of fifteen (the Concours piece that year was Colin’s Deuxième solo de Concours)

Taught at the Paris Conservatoire from 1882-1919

Was the first oboe professor at the Conservatoire not to compose the works students performed at the Grand Concours--instead he used works by Colin, Verroust, Guilhaud, Lefebvre, Paladilhe, etc.

Wrote a set of very challenging etudes

Encouraged Francois Loree to set up his own shop in 1881, and collaborated with him on designing his oboes

Contracted with Loree in 1882 to have him provide the oboes for the conservatory
Wrote the Complete Method, one of the most-used oboe method books (collection of etudes and studies) to this day
Antoine Sallantin (1755-1830)
Played with the Bach Aria Group and the New York woodwind quintet

Acting principal of the New York Philharmonic in the late 1970's

Principal oboist of Musica Sacra and the New York Chamber Symphony

Played shawm in the New York Pro Musica

Also composed
played on a laubi
Brenda Schuman-Post speaks on Ronald Roseman, who was her teacher: http://www.oboesoftheworld.com/art3roseman.htm

Ellen Menking joined the Nashville Symphony in 1993 in the position of English horn/3rd Oboe. Since 1995, she has held the position of Assistant Principal Oboe with the orchestra. Born in Hamburg, Germany, she moved stateside at the age of 3 and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She began playing the oboe at age 12 and studied with Linda Strommen while in Wichita. Ellen went on to major in Oboe Performance and German at Vanderbilt University, where she studied with Bobby Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 1992, she earned a Master of Music degree in 1996 from Indiana University (Bloomington), where she studied with Marc Lifschey. Before joining the Nashville Symphony, Ellen performed with the Evansville Philharmonic and the Owensboro Symphony. Since moving to the Nashville area, she has performed with numerous area chamber and symphonic ensembles and has taught at the Blair School of Music and Belmont University.
Professor of oboe at the University of Michigan; has also taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, Ithaca College, University of Northern Colorado, and Duquesne University Schools of Music

First-prize winner of the Third New York International Competition for Solo Oboists, held in 1995

Highly successful soloist and recording artist

Former President of the IDRS (first female President)

Degrees from the University of Michigan and Eastman
Reed making book for iPad:
Professor of Oboe at Eastman (1982-); has also taught at Yale as a Visiting professor of Oboe

Principal oboist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for 11 years, principal oboist of the Oklahoma City Symphony from 1967-1970, has been the principal oboist the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and played in the El Paso Symphony. After entering the U.S. Army in 1962, he served as the principal oboist of the NORAD band and the baritone saxophonist of the NORAD Commander's Dance Band

Frequently serves on juries for prestigious oboe competitions

Studied with George Webber and Richard Henderson when young (and played with them in the El Paso Symphony), William Gower at Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) where he received a B.A. in Music Education, David Abosch while in the service, and Robert Bloom at Yale, where he received his M.M., M.M.A., and D.M.A. degrees

James B. Caldwell (1938– Feb. 8, 2006)
Served as principal oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony, and the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia;

Also an oboist and a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; and soloist with the Casals Festival Orchestra and the Chicago Little Symphony.

Gave recitals at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall, and was a member of the Marlboro Music Festival.

Performed with the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, the Oberlin Woodwind Quintet, the Soni Ventorum Quintet, and many other chamber ensembles.

Professor of oboe at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 1971, taught Alex Klein, former principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Studied at the Curtis Institute.

Student of: Raymond Dusté, John de Lancie, John Mack, Robert Bloom, and Jean-Louis LeRoux.

Immediately following his graduation in 1969, he won the position of Principal Oboe with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He assumed the position of principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1977, succeeding his teacher.

He succeeded de Lancie as oboe instructor at the Curtis Institute in 1986.

He is faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and has taught at the Luzerne and Sarasota Music Festivals, among others.

Currently, he gives weekly private lessons to the four oboe students at Curtis, and holds weekly wind classes.
Taught at Curtis Institute of Music, and served as its director from 1977 to 1985

Studied with Marcel Tabuteau of Curtis.

De Lancie's playing, marked by an extraordinary intensity that replaced the traditional vibrato of the European school, was marked by a dramatic character and an expressive use of color, as he always aimed for what he called the "bottom" of the sound.

Was principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

De Lancie's own student, Richard Woodhams, eventually succeeded him as principal oboe in the Philadelphia Orchestra and as teacher at Curtis.

His former student of the same time, Peter Bloom, aided by de Lancie, published in detail the history of the Strauss Oboe Concerto and de Lancie's role in its creation.

John de Lancie’s son played Q in Star Trek.
Peter Bowman
Works cited:

*Burgess, Geoffrey.
The Oboe
. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
(ML940 .B87)

*Ledet, David.
Oboe Reed Styles
. Bloomington: The University of Indiana Press, 2000.
(ML941 .L4)

online bios, mostly from university websites
He is considered one of the most important European oboists and English horn players of the first half of the 19th Century.

French oboist, studied at the Paris Conservatoire.

Principal oboist at the Paris Opera 1812-1834.

Oboe professor at Paris Conservatoire 1816-1853.

French born, American: became a U.S. citizen in 1933.

Principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra 1925-1946.

Taught at the New England Conservatoire.

Nephew and student of Georges Gillet.

One of the best known oboists of the classical period.

The first Oboe professor at the Paris Conservatoire 1792-1816.

Also an accomplished flautist.
Taught at the Paris Conservatoire (1853-1863)

One his first prize from the Conservatoire in 1834

Principal oboist at the Opéra, 1839–1863

Taught Georges Gillet

Taught at the Paris Conservatory (1868-1861)

Professor at the Conservatory when Gillet received his 1st prize

Succeeded by Georges Gillet as professor at the Conservatoire

Prominent composer, especially of oboe solos
Introduced the Continental narrow-bore model of oboe that replaced the bright and penetrating straight-topped English type.

Published many teaching manuals for oboe.

Johann Fischer
1733-1800 German
Italian composer and virtuoso oboist.

Member of the Besozzi family, large family of oboists.
Allesandro Besozzi 1702-1793 Italian
Oboist and bassoonist. Possibly the first native Italian to play the new hautbois

Founder of a large family of wind players that was influential for over 200 years.
Cristoforo Besozzi 1661-1725 Italian
Alexis St. Martin
Came to Milan from France in the 1690’s, probably to escape the revocation of the edict of Nantes

Probably brought the new hautbois to Italy

Also made instruments, and taught the first oboe maker known in Italy

Louis Rosenblatt, 1928-2009
English Hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 36 years

Studied with John Minsker and Marcel Tabuteau (at Curtis)

served as first oboe in the U.S. Army Field Band and in 1954 became English Horn of the Houston Symphony. Also played in the New Orleans Philharmonic

taught at Temple University for nearly five decades, at Tanglewood, and at the Juilliard School

“Teaching is close to a sacred duty.”

Principal Oboe Cleveland Symphony Orchestra 1965-2001

Has held positions at New Orleans Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and Sadler’s Wells ballet Orchestra

Has taught at Louisiana State University, Hartt School, and Juilliard

Studied with Labate, Storch, Minsker, H. Gomberg, and Tabuteau

Plays Loree oboes

Began the John Mack Oboe Camp in 1976 to give more people access to great oboe teaching

Principal Oboe New York Philharmonic 1978-2005

Has held teaching positions at Manhattan School of Music, University of North Carolina, University of Maryland, Duke University, and Lynn University

Studied with Tabuteau and John Mack

Plays Loree oboes

The last American oboist to study with Tabuteau
Principal Oboe St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 1977-

Former Principal Oboe Montreal Symphony 1970-1976

Has performed with Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Opera, and Boston Ballet

Former faculty member at McGill University
Plays Laubin oboes

Studied with Ralph Gomberg and John Mack
James Moseley
The Catholic University of America
(Masters) 1973 – 1975

Lamar University
(Undergrad) 1967 – 1971

CMSgt, Concert Band Manager and solo English Horn at The United States Air Force Band of Washington, DC (December 1971 – December 2001)

1.Beth Brooks Graham - student at Lamar University
2. Charles A. Wiley - Lamar University
3. Raymond Weaver - Houston Symphony, principal
4. Ronald Roseman - NYWWQ
5. Richard O. White - National Symphony, English horn
6. Louis Rosenblatt -  Philadelphia Orch., eh
7. Thomas Stacey – NY Philharmonic, eh
Alfred Barthel
(1871–1957), French
See Georges Gillet for picture of reeds

Barthel’s reed style is said to be a direct link to Gillet’s

Studied with Georges Gillet at the Paris Conservatoire (won his prize in 1891)

Solo Oboe in the Chicago SO (1904-1928)

Played in the Chicago Civic Opera Orchestra for 10 years

Played in the Opera-Comique in Paris and in an orchestra in Algiers

Taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Florian Mueller
Studied with Alfred Barthel

Taught at the University of Michigan

Principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1931-1954)

Member of the Chicago Symphony 1927-1954
First Oboe of Sousa’s Band, First oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic

He was professor of theory and chairman of the dept. of wind instruments at Roosevelt University.

Made one of the first recordings of a Handel concerto with added ornamentation
Thomas Stacy (born 1938)
Grammy Nominee, Thomas Stacy has been hailed as “the Heifetz of the English horn” by The New York Times, and was called “a poet among craftsmen” by Leonard Bernstein.

Studied at Eastman, Teaches at the Manhattan school of Music, is one of the most recorded EH players in history, has had pieces composed specifically for him by composers including Persichetti.

Played with: National Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Louisville Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony as well as the New York Philharmonic

In 1977, Mr. Stacy performed the first oboe d’amore concerto in the New York Philharmonic’s history, with Pierre Boulez conducting.
http://www.thomasstacy.com/html/longbio.html (Detailed bio)
Studied with Robert Bloom & John Mack

Current principal oboist of Baton Rouge

Teaches at University of North Texas

Also taught at Louisiana State University,
University of Akron, University of South Florida, and Baldwin Wallace University
Studied with Robert Bloom

Principal oboist of Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra (1937-1985)

Taught at Eastman School of Music

Wrote “The Art of Oboe Playing”
Studied under Robert Bloom & Bruno Labate
at Juilliard

Principal oboist of Chicago Symphony (1954-1993)

Also played with Kansas City Philharmonic,
Buffalo Philharmonic, & Baltimore Symphony

Taught at Northwestern University (1960-2003)
Studied with Robert Bloom, Bruno Labate, Lois Wann,
& Philip Kirchner

Principal oboist of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Also had positions with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra & Casals Festival Orchestra
Elden Gatwood
Sara Vicinaiz
Laquita Sue Lawrence

Jacob Mireles
Charles Veazey
Fernando Yanez
Studied at Indiana University Jacobs School and earned a BM in Oboe Performance

Principle Oboe at several small symphonies around the Houston area

She works a lot with performers in the Houston area such as Robert Atherholt (Rice University) and Anne Leek (University of Houston).

She is mainly a private teacher.
U Michigan, UNT
BM Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin

MM Music Composition from UT Austin

DMA Oboe Performance from the University of Michigan

Regents Professor of Oboe, UNT

Played oboe with the American Wind Symphony of Pittsburgh, The Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra

President, International Double Reed Society, 1992 - 1996
Born in Compeigne, France on July 7, 1887; died in Nice, France on January 4, 1966.

Although he was French, he was primarily an American oboist and lived in the States for the majority of his life. He is commonly associated with the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and influenced most characteristics of American oboe playing today.

Studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Georges Gillet.

Jobs and playing engagements included the New York SO, the Metropolitan Opera (where he played under the baton of Toscanini (NBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Air), Hertz, and even Gustav Mahler. He joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1915 under the direction of Leopold Stokowski and played there as Principle Oboe until his retirement in 1954. He is most well-known for this position and his teaching position at the Curtis Institute.

Considered by most American oboists as the single most influential oboist in the history of the United States.

Harry Sargous
(b. 1948)

Geralyn Giovannetti
Alyssa Morris
(b. 1984)

Studied with Bloom, Mack, Lifschey, and Stephen Matyi

Principal oboist of the Toronto Symphony (1971-1982)

Professor of oboe at the University of Michigan

Frequent featured guest artist and soloist throughout America and Europe
Professor of oboe at Brigham Young University

Member of Essex Winds, a Canadian woodwind quintet

Principle oboe of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (1983-1990)
Member of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Wind Symphony

Winner of the 2007 BYU concerto competition

Composer, whose compositions include
Four Personalities
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