The Peabody Conservatory’s distinguished woodwind faculty includes principal and former principal players of the Baltimore Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. Faculty artists have also performed with the National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony. They are critically acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians who have collaborated with legendary performers and conductors and recorded on major labels. Under their guidance, Peabody students go on to careers as recitalists and soloists and win positions in prestigious orchestras and ensembles all over the world.

Performance Opportunities

Woodwind players at Peabody study and perform music representative of all styles and periods in symphony and opera orchestras, wind ensemble, early music, contemporary and jazz ensembles, and a wide variety of chamber groups and ensembles coached by members of the faculty. Peabody students are engaged as substitutes in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and are also regularly employed by other metropolitan and community orchestras, chamber groups, and choral ensembles. The Baltimore/Washington area is rich in opportunities to hear symphonic, operatic, and choral music of all kinds, and the vast cultural resources of Washington, D.C., are easily accessible by car, train, or bus.

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Brad Balliett

New York City-based musician Brad Balliett is in high demand as a composer and bassoonist.

Alexander Fiterstein

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today's most exceptional artists. Fiterstein has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant Award.

Aaron Goldman

Aaron Goldman was appointed principal flute of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in January 2013. An active soloist, he has performed throughout the US and made his NSO concerto debut with Maestro Eschenbach in 2014.

Jane Marvine

Jane Marvine joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as second oboe in 1978 and was appointed to the position of English horn by Yuri Temirkanov in 2000. In addition, she has performed as acting assistant principal oboe with the BSO for extended periods.

Doug O'Connor

Saxophonist Doug O’Connor is passionate about sharing music that challenges audiences to explore, connect, and grow. His athletic performances feature music from all eras and in many styles, including classical, contemporary, jazz, and electronic.

Erica Peel

Piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2017, Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. A versatile flutist and piccoloist, she is praised for her effortless and authentic performances.

Marina Piccinini

A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence.

Nicholas Stovall

Nicholas Stovall 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.

Bryan Young

Bryan Young tours the US and internationally as bassoonist and co-founder of the Poulenc Trio. Young serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Young studied at the Peabody Conservatory with Linda Harwell and at Yale with Frank Morelli. He has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.