Oboe Merit Award Recipients









Kelley Osterberg - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award Winner - 2023
Casey Kearney
Kelley Osterberg, of Hingham, MA, is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the New England Conservatory as a student of John Ferrillo and Anne Marie Gabriele. She recently graduated from Northwestern University in the spring of 2022, where she studied with Scott Hostetler and Michael Henoch. She has previously won the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Concerto-Aria Competition in 2021, the Brevard Music Center’s Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition in 2022, and the Oboe Classics Telemann Fantasia Recording Competition in 2021. As a soloist, Kelley has performed the Navarro “Legacy” Oboe Concerto with Dr. Mallory Thompson and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as the Strauss Oboe Concerto with Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Her performance of the fourth Telemann Fantasy with original ornamentation is featured on an Oboe Classics study CD annotated by George Caird. While living in Chicago, she played as a substitute musician with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Kelley also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Northwestern University, which she completed simultaneously with her Bachelor of Music as a dual-degree student to explore her interest in climate technology.

Casey Kearney - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award Winner - 2022
Casey KearneyA New York native, oboist Casey Kearney has performed with ensembles across the continental United States, most notably with the San Francisco Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a post-graduate student of Robert Sheena of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Boston University, and previously completed degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying under Eugene Izotov and Robert Walters respectively. Past summer festivals attended include the Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute, and she will be a member of the 2022 Spoleto USA Orchestra. Currently, she is an active freelancer in the Boston area and is on faculty at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, which she also attended as a young student while in grade school. In her spare time when not chained to the reed desk she enjoys reading classic horror, baking, and spending time with her rabbit, Milo.

Mayu Isom - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award Winner- 2019stackhouse
Mayu, age 24, is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma at Boston University, studying under John Ferrillo, with the additional guidance of Anne Marie Gabriele. Growing up in Santa Monica, CA, Mayu began playing the oboe at the age of thirteen under the instruction of Ted Sugata, member of the Pacific Symphony. While in high school Mayu won numerous awards with the Young Musicians Foundation of Los Angeles, including the Swerdlow Family Music Scholarship, the ASCAP Livingston & Edwards Scholarship, and the ASCAP Lieber & Stoller Scholarship, where she was presented with her award at the Jazz Lincoln Center in New York City. After high school, she was awarded the prestigious Barbara and David Jacobs Scholarship covering full tuition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Linda Strommen, former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 2015 she performed as principal oboist with the Philharmonic Orchestra in the premiere recording of David Diamond’s Sixth Symphony through Naxos Records. In 2018 she earned her Master’s degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, studying with former principal oboist of the Houston Symphony, Robert Atherholt. There, she also worked with distinguished faculty such as Benjamin Kamins, Leone Buyse, Richie Hawley and Maestro Larry Rachleff. She was featured in the Sharing the Spotlight concert series, where she performed with the renowned pianist, Jon Kimura Parker. While in Houston, she was also frequently invited to perform with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet, as well as the New World Symphony. Mayu has also won positions at many distinguished festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Chautauqua Summer Festival. This summer she is planning to return to the Spoleto Festival USA as well as attending the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.

Joo Bin Yi - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award Honorable Mention - 2019stackhouse
Joo Bin completed his Bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2014 as the Francis W. Hatch President Scholar. Currently pursuing his Master’s degree at NEC, he studies with Boston Symphony Orchestra principal oboist John Ferrillo and Los Angeles Philharmonic second oboist Anne Gabriele. Recently, Joo Bin spent two years in South Korea as section oboe in the Korean National Police Symphony Orchestra. As the Honors competition winner at NEC, Joo Bin was part of the NEC Honors Woodwind Quintet in 2015, performing a recital in the Jordan Hall. Joo Bin also as made a solo appearance at the 2012 Chicago Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Joo Bin spent one summer at the Round Top Festival Institute in 2013 and recently has been accepted as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the 2019 season.

Daniel Stackhouse - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2017stackhouse
A native of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Daniel Stackhouse is a classically-trained oboist with diverse experience in rock, jazz and various forms of traditional folk music. He has been a member of the band, Junco, since 2010 and regularly performs with the group throughout Maine and New Hampshire. The band recently released their debut full-length album, "The Night The Lake Stood Still", in March of 2017. In the Summer of 2015, Daniel was a fellow at the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy where he served as principal oboist. Daniel spent four years as oboe faculty at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine where he once began developing his own passion for playing the oboe at a young age. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Boston Conservatory in 2014 and graduated from the school with a master's degree in May of 2016 under the tutelage of Robert Sheena and Amanda Hardy. Daniel currently resides in Boston with his wife and duo partner, harpist Jane Soh. oboedan.com

Jonathan Gentry - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2016gentry
Jonathan Gentry, age 21, is currently a senior at the New England Conservatory of Music studying with John Ferrillo with additional instruction from Anne Marie Gabriele. He got his start playing the oboe at age 11 in his hometown of Frisco, Texas. During his high school career, Jonathan studied privately for three years with Erin Hannigan, the principal oboist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra for three years, and a very active musician in the Dallas area. He participated in several free public performances, including a music advocacy/outreach tour of local public schools as well as a solo performance at the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras Conference in 2012. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the grand-prize in both the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition and the Collin County Young Artist Competition in 2012, the Jerry Wertheimer Award for Outstanding Leadership and Musicianship, the Dallas Chamber Music Society Scholarship Award, and the New England Conservatory’s Presidential Distinction Award. Jonathan has made solo appearances with the East Texas Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony, the Plano Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has attended music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Round Top Festival Institute, the National Orchestral Institute, and plans to spend this summer at the Music Academy of the West. While in school at NEC, Jonathan has performed with many ensembles such as the NEC Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in world-class venues including Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has played in masterclasses for distinguished oboists such as Elaine Douvas, Frank Rosenwein, Nathan Hughes, Linda Strommen, Mark Ostoich, Martin Schuring, Daniel Stolper, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Mark Hill, Robert Atherholt, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. In recent professional auditions, he was selected as a finalist for the San Antonio Symphony’s principal oboe audition and semi-finalist in the Pittsburgh Symphony’s associate principal oboe audition. In the fall, Jonathan plans to pursue his master’s degree in oboe performance at the Juilliard School under the direction of Nathan Hughes.

Andrew van der Paardt - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2015paardt
Andrew van der Paardt started his studies on the oboe at the age of eleven under Rachel Aldrich. He has played with various ensembles such as the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, the New England Repertory Orchestra, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fresno Grand Opera. He has also served as a featured guest soloist with the Fresno Community Band as a result of being the grand prize winner of their scholarship competition. Andrew attended the California State University of Long Beach in the fall of 2011 on full scholarship, where he studied with retired principal oboist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic David Weiss and was a part of the university’s Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and the University Wind Quintet. In the spring of 2012, he traveled to New York City on tour with the university's Wind Symphony, where they performed in Carnegie Hall as a featured ensemble. In the spring of 2013, he was featured as an English horn soloist with the University's Wind Symphony. In the fall of 2013, Andrew transferred to The Boston Conservatory to finish his Bachelor's degree, where he currently studies with Robert Sheena. He acts as a member of various ensembles at the conservatory including the wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, various chamber ensembles, musical pit orchestras, and others. In the fall of 2014, he was a finalist in The Boston Conservatory’s Instrumental Concerto Competition. Andrew served as an assistant oboe coach for the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program during the summers of 2013 and 2014. He actively sells reeds to students in the Los Angeles area and has taught privately since the summer of 2012.

Mark Debski - Honorable Mention Award - 2015Debski
Mark Debski is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of John Ferrillo with additional instruction from Anne Marie Gabriele. He has previously studied with Scott Bell and Harold Smoliar, both of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mark has performed as principal oboe with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States under Valery Gergiev, which included a performance at the BBC Proms. He has also performed as principal oboe with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2014, Mark was a prize winner in the National Society of Arts and Letters Music Competition, Pittsburgh Chapter. Additionally, he was a grand prize winner in the Blackwood Theatre Organ Society Scholarship Competition as well as the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artists Competition. Mark was invited to perform twice with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and il Divo. At NEC, he performs with the NEC Symphony and the NEC Symphonic Winds/Wind Ensemble. This past summer, he attended the Round Top Music Festival in Round Top, Texas . In November of 2014, he was named the winner of the 2014 NEC Mozart/Haydn Concerto Competition. This summer, Mark will be attending the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Robert Atherholt, Ariana Ghez, and Frank Rosenwein.

Anna Bradford - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2014bradford
Anna Bradford is a doctoral candidate at Boston University, where she is a student of Andrew Price. Since moving to Boston in August of 2013, Ms. Bradford has become an avid freelancer in the greater Boston area. Her previous credits include being named a finalist in the school-wide concerto competition at Western Michigan University—where she earned her Bachelors of Music—in both 2010 and 2011, receiving an additional honorable mention in 2011. Ms. Bradford also played principal oboe in Western Michigan University’s Symphony Orchestra for three years, and was a featured soloist in the ensemble’s performance of Jacques Ibert’s Escales in 2010. Anna’s orchestral experience also includes playing both oboe and English horn in the Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she completed her Masters of Music degree under the tutelage of Linda Strommen. Her professional experience includes performing with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Boston and the Battle Creek Symphony and Southwest Michigan Symphony in Michigan. Anna also gives yearly solo recitals, and is a passionate chamber musician.

Timothy Feil - Honorable Mention Award - 2014 feil
Oboist Tim Feil is currently in his second year in the Master’s of Music Program at New England Conservatory, studying with Mark McEwen. He has been featured as a soloist with Sessione Senese Festival Orchestra and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on tours throughout Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil performing oboe concerti by Bach, Marcello, and Vivaldi. As an orchestral performer, he plays principal oboe for the Boston Civic Symphony in addition to performances with numerous other groups including the New York Festival Orchestra, FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, and Cleveland Opera Circle and has performed in major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, and Verizon Hall. His woodwind quintet, the Philharmonic Five, has been awarded the ensemble fellowship at the New England Conservatory twice and regularly performs community outreach performances, contemporary music concerts, and full recitals in Jordan Hall. As a teacher, Tim is currently on faculty at Sessione Senese Summer Music Festival in Siena, Italy. Previously, he has been on faculty at the Albert Conservatory and has worked as a research assistant for the Center for Music in Education. Tim received his Bachelor’s of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has studied with Jeff Rathbun and Jonathan Blumenfeld of the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras.

Miri Kudo - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2011Kudo
Miri Kudo began playing the oboe at age 16 and studied with Takahisa Shinmatsu, the principal oboist of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, for seven years. In 2008 she performed G.F. Handel's Concerto No.3 in G minor with the Tsukuba String Quartet at the Tsukuba Charity Concert. She also passed the Tokyo International Association of Artists New Artist audition in 2009. Miri received her Bachelor of Education degree from Saitama University in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Longy School of Music, where she studies with Keisuke Wakao, the assistant principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Mary Lynch - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2010
LynchOboist Mary Lynch, originally from Washington, DC, was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for the past two summers, and previously participated in the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed as principal oboe with the Atlantic Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Discovery Ensemble, and has also performed with Emmanuel Music and the New World Symphony. Her involvement with chamber music includes engagements as a member of the NEC Honors Ensemble, Sirocco Winds, the Virginia Arts Festival, Rockport Chamber Music, and Concord Chamber Music. As a soloist, Mary was named a finalist in the 2005 National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition and a winner of the 2009 Borromeo String Quartet’s Guest Artist Award. She has performed concertos with the D.C. Youth Orchestra, twice with the NEC Bach Ensemble, and premiered composer Benjamin Pesetsky’s Oboe Concerto (2009) with the Cadenza Players. Mary is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory where she is a student of John Ferrillo. She is also a 2006 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied with Dan Stolper and received the Fine Arts Award in Oboe.

Hilary Philipp - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2008 Originally from upstate PhilipNew York, Hilary Philipp moved to Cambridge, MA in 2000 to attend the Longy School of Music where she studied with Wayne Rapier for four years. After completing her undergraduate studies, Hilary accepted a graduate assistantship at the University of Massachusetts Amherts to study with Fred Cohen. While at UMass, she performed with the University Orchestra twice, playing concertos by Marcello and Vaughan-Williams. Hilary has peformed with such Boston area groups as the Boston Civic, Brockton, Dartmouth, and Newton Symphonies, the Binghampton Philharmonic, and the Hampshire Choral Society. This past summer Hilary was awarded a fellowship to attend the Festival International de Inverno in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. In 2007 Hilary received her Masters degree in oboe performance and is currently seeking a position in a professional orchestra while continuing to study with Prof. Cohen and her first oboe teacher, Cheryl Bishkoff, principal oboist of the Rhode Isalnd Philharmonic.

Sachiko Murata - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2007
SachikoSachiko Murata studied the oboe in middle school under the instruction of her father, a former member of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. She took first prize at the Hakodate City Music Competition in 1995. She continued her studies with Yoko Kojima, a member of Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Symphony Orchestra, for three years at the Tokyo College of Music, before transferring to the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she studies with Keisuke Wakao of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A first prize winner of the 2005 Longy Concerto Competition, she performed Mozart's Oboe Concerto K.314 with the Longy Chamber Orchestra.

Kristina Lynn Goettler - Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award - 2006 A native of San Diego, California, Kristina Lynn Goettler began studying the oboe at the age of 10. In 2000 she made her solo debut with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, and in 2001appeared with the SanDiego Symphony. Kristina previously served as principal oboe of the Mansfield Symphony and has performed with New World Symphony. She has also attended such various summer festivals as Domain Forget, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota, and National Repertory Orchestra. Kristina earned the degree Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with James Caldwell. She is currently working on her Master of Music degree and is studying at New England Conservatory of Music with John Ferrillo, principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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