Principal Oboe, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Dr. Aaron Hill serves as Assistant Professor Oboe at the University of Nevada-Reno. Prior to moving to Reno, he held appointments teaching oboe at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Virginia, and James Madison University. While in Virginia, he was principal oboe of the Charlottesville Symphony and English horn with the Roanoke Symphony. His academic affiliations have included extensive chamber music involvement with both the Wingra Quintet and Albemarle Ensemble. He has also performed on Baroque oboe as a member of the Madison Bach Musicians.
Hill 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 that won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. He also holds a Master of Music degree and an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Thomas Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Outstanding Woodwind Performance. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance, pedagogy, and literature at James Madison University. He also holds additional pedagogical certifications from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning and Marianne Ploger’s Institute of Musical Perception. His oboe teachers include Nancy Ambrose King, Richard Killmer, and David Weiss.
From 2002 to 2008, Hill played principal oboe in the Flint Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. 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, and has also appeared with the Hartford, San Diego, and Virginia Symphonies. He 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. Hill 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. He can be heard on YouTube performing Franz Wilhelm Ferling’s 48 Famous Studies for Oboe. Dr. Hill plays a Fox Sayen oboe, in South Whitley, Indiana.