Aaron Hill

Principal Oboe, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra


Aaron Hill serves on the music faculty at the University of Virginia, plays principal oboe in the Charlottesville Symphony and English horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. He spends summers performing as principal oboe with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and is currently a visiting professor at the James Madison University School of Music, where he has earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.. Dr. Hill also holds Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Thomas Nyfenger Memorial Prize. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan, where he played principal oboe on William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience with Leonard Slatkin, a recording for Naxos which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Hill played principal oboe in the Flint Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as principal oboe with the Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Richmond Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Dr. Hill was awarded the Grand Prize in the Mu Phi Epsilon Society for Musical Arts Competition and the Leche Trust Prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition. He travels around North America as an active recitalist and masterclass clinician, and has been a featured speaker at the TEDxSkidRow and Tom Tom Founders Festival conferences. His oboe teachers include Richard Killmer, Stephen Taylor, Nancy Ambrose King, and David Weiss.