Visiting Instructor of Music
Stephen Hammer is the principal oboist of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, the Aston Magna Festival, Concert Royal, the Bach Ensemble, the Arcadia Players, Clarion Music Society, and the Blue Hill Bach Festival. He also plays recorder regularly with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and was a co-founder of the New York Collegium, serving as its first artistic director.
His solo, chamber and orchestral recordings include the complete Bach oboe concerti, many of Bach's oratorios and sacred and secular cantatas, the Mozart oboe quartet and complete music for Harmonie ensemble, Telemann oboe and recorder concerti, Zelenka sonatas, and Handel's Opus 3 concerti grossi; these appear on Decca L’Oiseau-lyre, EMI, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, Smithsonian, Pro Arte, Centaur, and many other labels.
Stephen Hammer teaches oboe, chamber music, performance practice, and the rhetorical elements of Baroque style at the Longy School of Music as well as Bard's campus in Anandale-on-Hudson. He also collaborates with instrument-maker Joel Robinson in building replicas of historical oboes. He studied oboe with Robert Sprenkle, Wayne Rapier, James Caldwell, and Fernand Gillet, and is a graduate of Oberlin College. He lives in Clermont, NY, in the beautiful Hudson Valley.