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Aaron Hill

Current position(s): Associate Professor of Oboe at University of Nevada, Reno; Core Artist with Street Symphony Los Angeles and Classical Tahoe

Previous position(s):University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Virginia; James Madison University; Principal Oboe of Charlottesville Symphony and Flint Symphony; English horn with Roanoke Symphony; Wingra Wind Quintet, Albemarle Ensemble

Education:Bachelor of Music from University of Michigan; Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University; Doctor of Musical Arts from James Madison University

Recordings: Solitary Discourse (solo album on Soundset Recordings label); Principal oboe for William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience (Grammy winner for Best Classical Album); extensive teaching and performing video series for YouTube, including the complete FW Ferling 48 Famous Studies

Solo appearances: Concerti by JS Bach (F Major, Oboe and Violin in D Minor); Aaron Copland (Quiet City); Daron Hagen, WA Mozart (C Major and Sinfonia Concertante); Vivaldi (C Major); frequent IDRS Conference recitals; chamber music artist residencies with Chamber Music Unbound, Classical Exposure, and Garth Newel Music Center

Notable performances/accomplishments: Yale School of Music Thomas Nyfenger Prize for Woodwind Performance; Leche Trust Prize from the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition; Mu Phi Epsilon Society for Musical Arts Grand Prize Winner

Teaching Opportunities:Masterclasses for universities and youth orchestras around the country; featured speaker/performer for TEDxSkidRow and Tom Tom Founders Festival

Instrument: Fox Sayen Model 880 Grenadilla and Fox Sayen Model 880 Maple

For more information on Aaron Hill, visit his University of Nevada, Reno faculty webpage here.

About the Artist's Instruments

Every time I go to an IDRS conference, I thoroughly enjoy going to the booths of every oboe manufacturer on the planet and trying the instruments they’re making. I always come away with certainty that I could have a happy musical career playing on instruments from several makers, but I found it remarkable that for three conferences in a row, the most comfortable instrument in the room for me was a Fox Sayen 880. Instrument testing in an exhibit space is especially susceptible to a “New Coke” problem, where the taste test seems favorable but the long-term user experience isn’t sustainable.

When I finally purchased my first Fox Sayen, I gave it a few months of full-time use before making any grand declarations about my satisfaction with it. Over that period of time and in the several years since, I’ve found that because of the build quality and thoughtful artistry that went into my instrument enable me to focus more on the music and my collaborations more and think about oboe-specific issues less than I ever have. When I listen to recordings, I sound like myself, as one always does regardless of equipment choices, but I can also tell that I’m the most comfortable I’ve been on any setup I’ve had.

I play in equal amounts of solo, chamber, and orchestral settings, including as a principal and 2nd oboe, and I find it equally well suited to all of my career’s varied demands.

Fox Artist Aaron Hill

Associate Professor of Oboe at University of Nevada, Reno

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