Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival


Sandra GersterSandra Gerster, oboist, praised for "exemplary bravura" (New Haven Register), and “expressive animation" (Baltimore Sun), enjoys a varied musical career of oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn engagements.

Since moving to Baltimore three years ago, Ms. Gerster has performed regularly with the Baltimore, North Carolina, and Annapolis Symphonies, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Bach Concert Series and Opera Vivente. As a founding member of Trio La Milpa, she performs with members of the Baltimore Symphony oboe section in venues throughout New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. In August, 2007, the ensemble concertized throughout Greenland, the first American ensemble to do so. Since February 2007 the trio has served as the flagship chamber ensemble of the acclaimed “BSO-On-the-Go” educational program in Montgomery County under the auspices of the Baltimore Symphony at Strathmore.

From 1993 to 2005 Ms. Gerster lived in Virginia, performing with the Richmond and Virginia (Norfolk) Symphonies, as well as Virginia Opera and Williamsburg Symphonia. Formerly she was Principal Oboist of the Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Opera, Berkshire Opera, and Opera New England. As a founding member of the Soni Fidelis Quintet, resident ensemble of the Hartt School of Music, she co-managed four chamber music series, commissioned celebrated new works, worked with guest artists such as Susan Saint James and Captain Kangaroo and made an acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1989. As Principal Oboist of the New Sousa Band from 1992 - 1998, she played throughout the US and Japan, often as a featured soloist. Ms. Gerster has collaborated with the New World, Franciscan and Cavani String Quartets and in 1998 was invited to participate in a special chamber music concert in London for Prime Minister Tony Blair and designated members of his Cabinet.

Ms. Gerster has performed on several acclaimed National Chamber Players recordings, including Mozart’s Gran Partita and Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds. She participated on a recently released recording of Kirke Mechem’s chamber cantata “The King’s Contest”, as well as orchestral recordings of the Virginia Symphony under conductor JoAnn Falletta. She is also featured on the Virginia Opera recording of Handel's Julius Caesar.

An active teacher, Ms. Gerster has served on the faculties of over twenty educational institutions, including Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, University of Connecticut, Virginia Governor’s School and James Madison University. At JMU she served as music admissions officer, in additions to her duties as oboe professor. She currently is a faculty member at Howard Community College and The Green School of Baltimore.

Ms. Gerster received her music performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with legendary oboist Alfred Genovese. She is married to fellow oboist Michael Lisicky, a member of the Baltimore Symphony, and they are the exhausted parents of an energetic 9-year-old daughter, Jordan.

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