Nora Lewis, oboe

Nora Lewis is Associate Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate oboe students, coaches woodwind chamber music, teaches courses in music theory, performs with the Western Wind Quintet and Western Winds, and coordinates the Bullock Performance Institute. Lewis previously served on the faculty of Kansas State University for eight years, where she served as Assistant/Associate Professor of Oboe & Music History, Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and performed with the Konza Winds faculty quintet.

Lewis has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Camerata Chicago, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). She was a founding member of Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente and held orchestral positions with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic. She has performed in recital at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, London, on the Cranbrook Music Guild artist series, Hale Library concert series, and in live recital broadcasts on Blue Lake Public Radio, WMUK Kalamazoo’s “In Concert,” and “Live from Studio B” at WFMT in Chicago. 

Lewis has presented clinics, performances, and papers at national and international conferences including the Midwest Clinic, International Double Reed Society, College Music Society, CBDNA (southwest region), ClarinetFest, National Flute Association, in locations such as the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Finland, and throughout the United States. Honors include a Big-12 Faculty Fellowship, honorary membership in Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Associate, and a Yale AlumniVentures Grant to support her work with music programs in Haiti. 

For ten summers Lewis taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has served on the CMS National Advisory Board for performance, editor for the Midwest Double Reed Society, and is consulting editor for The Instrumentalist magazine. She received a doctor of music degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, a master of music degree from Yale University, and a bachelor of music degree in performance and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Lawrence University. Her principal oboe teachers include Michael Henoch, Richard Killmer, Ronald Roseman, Howard Niblock, and Grover Schiltz (English horn).                                                                                                                                                 


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