Praised for “exemplary bravura” (New Haven Register), and “expressive animation” (Baltimore Sun), Sandra Gerster is a busy musician who has served as Principal Oboist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra for twenty-two years.
Currently residing in Baltimore, Ms. Gerster performs regularly with the Baltimore, Annapolis and Maryland Symphonies, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. John’s, and Annapolis Opera. As Principal Oboist of the Bach in Baltimore concert series, Ms. Gerster performs Bach cantatas each first Sunday of the month and is a frequent featured concerto soloist. A founding member of the acclaimed oboe trio, Trio La Milpa, she concertizes throughout the US with members of the Baltimore Symphony oboe section. In August, 2007, the trio became the first American musical ensemble to tour Greenland. 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, Ms. Gerster made an acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1989 and worked with celebrities such as Susan Saint James and Captain Kangaroo. Ms. Gerster has collaborated with the New World, Franciscan and Cavani String Quartets and in 1998 participated in a special chamber music concert in London for Prime Minister Tony Blair and designated members of his Cabinet.
Ms. Gerster serves on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Baltimore High School for the Arts. She is married to fellow oboist Michael Lisicky, a member of the Baltimore Symphony, and they are the proud parents of 15-year-old Jordan….a brilliant visual artist and softball catcher!