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Oboe & English Horn

Elena Sloman is an oboe and English horn player in Northern California.  She has performed with the Stockton Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley, Merced Symphony, Symphony of the Redwoods, the USAF Band of the Golden West, Santa Rosa Symphony Pops, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, American Youth Symphony (Los Angeles), Sonoma County Philharmonic, and various ensembles at the Eastman School of Music and the USC Thornton School of Music including orchestra, new music, baroque, chamber, opera orchestra, musical theater, and wind ensembles. 


Elena has premiered student composition works at USC and Eastman, appeared as a soloist with the Community Women's Orchestra of Oakland, and played on recording projects with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Chamber Orchestra featuring guitarist Nick Goluses, and the Marin Youth Orchestra at Skywalker Sound. She was introduced to baroque oboe by Lot Demeyer at USC, and studied further on a period instrument at Eastman with Geoffrey Burgess.

Elena has attended summer festivals such as Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Academy, CA; Music House International, Philadelphia PA; Madeline Island Chamber Music, WI; Domaine Forget, Quebec, Canada; Hot Springs Music Festival, AR; and PRISMA, Powell River, Canada.

Elena received her Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2017.  She graduated summa cum laude in 2015 from the USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance under a faculty scholarship. She has been inducted into USC Golden Key International, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Kappa Phi honors societies, and honored with the USC Winds and Percussion Departmental award. Her primary teachers have been Richard Killmer, Joel Timm, and Daniel Celidore, and she has performed in masterclasses for Nancy Ambrose King, Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia, Olivier Doise, Lucas Navarro, Pedro Diaz, Marion Kuszyk, Ariana Ghez, and the late David Weiss.​

photo: Holly Hu

Arts Administration

Elena has worked on staff at music education programs such as Santa Rosa Symphony's Simply Strings and summer programs like Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy, where she participated as an orchestra member in 2018 before being brought onboard to work on the staff team the following season. From 2020 to 2021, Elena was selected to fulfill the role of operations manager for the Mill Valley Philharmonic in Marin County, CA.  Elena is currently the youth ensembles manager at the Santa Rosa Symphony, running operations for multiple youth orchestras as well as assisting with the other SRS education programs.

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