Laura Ahlbeck, oboist, received her M.M. degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Elaine Douvas. As an undergraduate, she studied with William P. Baker at Ohio State University. She is principal oboist with the Boston Pops Esplanade, Lyric Opera, and Bard Festival Orchestra. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1984–90; she has also been a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfónica de Maracaibo, and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. She has played with the Zephyr Woodwind Quintet, Walden Chamber Players, and other chamber groups. She teaches at Boston University, New England Conservatory of Music, and Boston Conservatory.