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John Snow

Associate Principal Oboe, Minnesota Orchestra

John Snow, Associate Principal Oboist of the Minnesota Orchestra, has been a member of several orchestras around the world including, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Sante Fe Opera Orchestra. He has been invited to assist as principal oboist for such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has toured with them to Japan and Europe, and appears with them on the Deutschegrammaphon Label.An active chamber musician, Snow is co-founder of the Detroit Chamber Winds, the New Zealand Soloists and the Talisman Trio, an ensemble specializing in music for oboe, bassoon and piano. He has appeared at the Norfolk Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, Classicfest, Bravo! Colorado Music Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. In 1998, he made his debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.An advocate for new music, Snow has commissioned and premiered several works. He collaborated with composer Dan Welcher to create a chamber work for oboe and bassoon, which he premiered at the 1997 International Double Reed Society convention in Chicago. Welcher also wrote his 1999 Oboe Concerto for Snow, who premiered it with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.Snow received his master’s degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Ronald Roseman. He has adjudicated and presented master classes around the country and in New Zealand. Snow has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Ithaca College, St. Olaf College, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and was visiting professor of oboe for the Eastman School of Music. Before moving to Minneapolis, he was professor of oboe at the University of Texas in Austin. He joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2000.John Snow has received alumni awards from the Yale School of Music and Luther College and in 2004, he won a McKnight Artist Fellowship. He plays exclusively on a Buffet Greenline and is a Buffet Crampon Artist.

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