Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

Jeffrey Rathbun

Lecturer in Oboe 

University of North Texas (B.M., 1981)
Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M., 1983)

Jeffrey Rathbun, became assistant principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1990, and served as principal oboe from 2001-2003. Rathbun was previously a member of the Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland, and Honolulu symphony orchestras. In 1988, he won first prize in the Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboe Players held at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, where he also gave his New York debut recital in April of 1990. He has taught at Kent State University, Kent-Blossom Chamber Music Festival, and been a visiting oboe professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University, as well as giving master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, and others. A graduate of the University of North Texas (B.M., 1981) where he studied with Charles Veazey, and the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M., 1983) where he studied with John Mack, Mr. Rathbun is an active composer of chamber and orchestral works. His compositions are published by Theodore Presser Co., Jeanne, Inc., and Amoris International. In 1995, The Cleveland Orchestra presented the world premiere of Rathbun's Daredevil, his Three Psalms of Jerusalem in August of 1998, and in January 2000 his Motions for Cellos was premiered by the Orchestra's cello section. Mr. Rathbun's compositions have been conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, Leonard Slatkin, Jahja Ling, and Franz Welser-Moest.

His solo oboe CD Color Factory is available at



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