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Laura Goben

Instructor of Oboe

Laura Goben is an active teacher and performer throughout the Pacific Northwest since her return to the area in 2013. In addition to her position at Central Washington University, she is on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and teaches privately in Olympia, Ellensburg, and Kent. As a performer she is principal oboe of the Olympia Symphony and oboist for The Sound Ensemble, a new music chamber group based in Seattle which seeks to bring contemporary music and world premiers to audiences in non-traditional settings and break down the barrier between performer and audience member. She is also the interim principal oboe for the MidColumbia Symphony in the Tri-Cities where she holds regular masterclasses for local oboe students. She was member of the Olympia Symphony Wind Quintet, and gives recitals throughout the year in Olympia and Tacoma. Before moving back to Washington, Ms. Goben was principal oboe of the Eugene Concert Orchestra, and second oboe, English horn, and oboe d'amore for OrchestraNEXT, the resident orchestra for the Eugene Ballet. Last year, she was chosen as a finalist in the Oregon ProArte Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition performing Strauss' Oboe Concerto.

Ms. Goben received her Master's of Music from the University of Oregon where she was awarded "Most Outstanding Graduate" in the woodwind area and was a member of the graduate woodwind quintet which performed recitals, outreach performances and presented lectures from Eugene to Astoria. She graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor's in Music where she studied with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. While an undergraduate student she commissioned a woodwind quintet, "Memories of Dizzy", by composer and faculty member Stephen Rush. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and was initiated into the Alpha Chapter in Ann Arbor.


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