Faculty Profiles

Elaine Douvas


Elaine Douvas Elaine Douvas, oboe, has been principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera since
1977 and is on the oboe faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Since 1982 she has also served as oboe instructor at The Juilliard School
and Woodwind Department Chairman there since 1997. Her career highlights
include the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall,
James Levine conducting, and Dutilleux's Les Citations with the MET
Chamber Ensemble. Her three CDs include a solo recital and her quartet
project "Pleasure is the Law", issued by Boston Records, and "Oboe Divas" on
the Oboe Classics label. One of the most influential teachers in the USA,
her students hold important positions in more than a dozen major orchestras
and university faculties. In the summers, Ms. Douvas is an artist faculty
member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and she teaches three
intensive, one-week oboe seminars: Le Domaine Forget Academy in Quebec,
Interlochen (MI) Arts Camp, and the Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel,
California. She has given master classes at the Curtis and Cleveland
Institutes of Music, the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, the New
World Symphony, and the Conservatories of Beijing and Shanghai. Her three
albums of demonstration and written commentary for Music Minus One are used
by teachers and students across the country. Originally from Port Huron,
Michigan, Ms. Douvas trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying
with John Mack, at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her first job was principal
oboe of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw. For many years she has
devoted her spare time to figure skating and earned her Gold Medal for Adult "Moves in the Field" in 2006.
Website: http://elainedouvas.com/