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Jessica Pearlman, Oboe

Jessica Pearlman currently holds the position of principal oboe of Orange County's Pacific Symphony and is a member of the New York-based chamber ensemble "Shuffle Concert." Ms. Pearlman began her graduate work at Yale University and went on to earn her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, as a student of Elaine Douvas, Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz, all of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. While in New York, she performed and toured with some of the city’s most esteemed ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. She was a member of the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival Orchestra from 2007-2009, participating in two international tours led by Charles Dutoit and Ludovic Morlot and working in the summer under such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. As a soloist, Ms. Pearlman has been featured with the Pacific Chamber Symphony, San Jose Chamber Symphony, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Mansfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra where she also served as principal oboe during the 2005-06 season. Ms. Pearlman hails from Half Moon Bay, CA, where she grew up playing oboe and violin. Her love of music and science brought her to Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she earned a B.M. under the tutelage of the late James Caldwell, and a B.A. in neuroscience as a pre-med student. Her summer research in brain tumor models conducted at Johns Hopkins University was presented at the 2006 conference of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ms. Pearlman is also a dedicated and passionate teacher. She served as a secondary oboe teacher to undergraduate students at Oberlin College and Yale University, and in 2006 served as woodwind professor for the Associaciòn Nacional de Conciertos youth music festival in Panamà. She currently teaches at Long Beach City College, in the summer at Idyllwild Arts Chamberfest and maintains an active private studio.