BETHANY SLATER, OBOE
A native of Cairo, NY, oboist Bethany Slater currently resides in Washington DC, where she operates her reed-making business, Bethany’s Reed Shop. She is the oboist for the Inscape Chamber Music Project and the Windham Chamber Music Festival.
Prior to moving to Washington DC, Bethany held the positions of principal oboe with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and 2nd oboe and English horn of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. She has played with the Richmond Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and Wicked on Broadway.
She has participated in many summer music festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Banff Centre Music Festival, and the June in Buffalo Contemporary Music Festival. She has been featured twice on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR and has been seen on the PBS Live from Lincoln Center TV broadcasts. In June 2007, she was one of five finalists in the Gillet International Oboe Competition sponsored by the International Double Reed Society. In 2008 she won the Howarth of London Prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition.
Bethany holds a BM in oboe performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Richard Killmer. While at Eastman she was the winner of the Oboe Concerto Competition and was the principal oboist for the Eastman Wind Ensemble's 2004 Asian tour and recording. After Eastman, Bethany studied oboe with David Walter at the Paris Conservatory with a Fulbright grant and the Altamura Center for the Arts and Cultures 2004 Young Artist's Award.
In addition to performing, Bethany held the position of Head U.S. Representative of Marigaux, a renowned French oboe manufacturer. She is also a certified yoga instructor.