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Elena Sloman is an oboe and English horn player in Northern California.  She has performed with 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. 


Comfortable with performing music from every era, she has premiered student composition works at USC and Eastman, and has performed on recording projects and special concerts including the Eastman Wind Ensemble in recording and a collaborative performance with Béla Fleck.​

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.​

She was introduced to baroque oboe performance by Lot Demeyer at USC, and studied further on a period instrument at Eastman with Geoffrey Burgess and Baroque chamber music with Christel Thielmann.

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.


photo: Holly Hu

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