She is an oboist and English horn player who took her musical degree studies at Boston University and received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her education in Germany.
A busy soloist and orchestral musician she has performed with the Pablo Casals’ Puerto Rico Festival Orchestra, Cologne Opera Orchestra, the Lima, Peru Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield, Massachusetts Symphony.
Very active in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, she has worked with many of the local orchestras and ensembles such as Orchestra 2001 (where her husband James Freeman is Music Director), the Penn Contemporary Players and more recently she been an English horn soloist with the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero & The Philly Pops, has been a member of Philadelphia’s Mozart Society Orchestra and been seen regularly with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
She has had several works written for her by composers that include Gerald Levinson, Robert Morgan, Arne Running and Thomas Whitman.
No stranger to the recording studio she has performed on CDs such as Night of the Four Moons and Orchestra 2001, Volumes 4 & 5 by Orchestra 2001 and Gloria! Gloria! By Benita Valente, The Philadelphia Singers and the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Singers recordings
Adeste Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
RCA 6559-2-RC (Gloria! Gloria!)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn
She performs as a soloist here with Orchestra 2001 on Steven Stucky’s Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe…
- CD Liner Notes: Gloria! Gloria!