John Upton, a Michigan native, was appointed principal oboe of The Florida Orchestra in 2015. Previously, he was a member of the New World Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestras with which he has performed include the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, playing both oboe and solo English horn, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada). Mr. Upton has also performed as guest principal oboist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he performed in Carnegie Hall as principal oboist of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Mr. Upton began his studies at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate, the school’s
highest performance prize. Mr. Upton continued his studies in New York City at The Juilliard School, where he received his Master of Music degree. After receiving first prize in the International Double Reed Society’s biennial Young Artist Competition, Mr. Upton was awarded a solo recital at the 2010 International Double Reed Society conference. He has also been a featured soloist with The
Florida Orchestra performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto. In recent summers, Mr. Upton has performed with the Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Mainly Mozart, Classical Tahoe, and Sun Valley Festival. His most influential teachers include Nathan Hughes, Richard Killmer, and Nancy Ambrose King.
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