Nicholas Stovall has been appointed to the woodwinds faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University effective fall 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year. He has served principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra since September 2008 and made his solo debut with the orchestra in December 2014. In addition to regular appearances with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Mr. Stovall has frequently collaborated with pianist Christoph Eschenbach in chamber music performances. He is a member of the Washington-based Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and has been featured as soloist in concertos of Vaughan Williams, J.S. Bach, and Jean Francaix with that ensemble. He has also performed as guest principal oboe with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Stovall has taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Indiana University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Round Top Festival-Institute in Texas. He is a former faculty member of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and currently teaches at the Catholic University of America, as well as in the National Symphony’s Youth Fellowship Program and Summer Music Institute. After completing studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Daniel Stolper, he earned degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School as a student of John Mack, Elaine Douvas, and Nathan Hughes.
Sue Neff (MM ’89, Oboe), co-principal oboe/English horn with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, performed two concerts at the 2016 Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs, Va. Additionally, Ms. Neff is the double reed clinician, returning for the third year, in Breckenridge, Colo., for the “Music at the Summit” Adult Band Institute.
Karen Moses (BM ’66; MM ’67, Oboe) received a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Catholic University of America in 2015. Ms. Moses is the Senior Reference Specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Peabody Writing Center staff members attended the Baltimore Mini-Regional Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday, January 30. Those in attendance included Humanities Department faculty and Peabody Writing Center Director Jelena Runić, master’s voice student Joshua Hughes, undergraduate violin student Sarah Thomas, master’s percussion student Christina Manceor, master’s composition student Ben Kapilow, and undergraduate oboe student Garrett Hale.
On October 10 at 7:30 pm, faculty artist and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboist Katherine Needleman will join the Columbia Orchestra as the featured soloist for a performance of Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto for the opening of the Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Needleman won the Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition at age 13. For more information visit www.columbiaorchestra.org.