Oboist Ursula Sahagian (b. 1990) is dedicated to realizing the works of living composers. In large and chamber ensembles, Ursula has premiered over twenty works, including the US professional premiere of De Materie, by Louis Andriessen, with the D.C.-based Great Noise Ensemble. She can also be heard as co-principal oboe on the Peabody Wind Ensemble’s 2013 recording of the wind symphonies of Johan de Meij, on the Naxos label. Ursula has performed on Peabody’s Thursday Noon Recital Series, and has given solo and chamber recitals on Nonsequitur's Wayward Music Series, which is dedicated to new music. Since 2015, she has commissioned and premiered new works by composers Viet Cuong and Tyler Kline, and is looking forward to premiering a new work by Phil Salathé later this year.
Ursula graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in 2012 with degrees in oboe performance and music education. She studied oboe with Jane Marvine, and participated in master classes led by Kathy Greenbank, Katherine Needleman, and Liang Wang. While a student, Ursula worked as an intern on the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, and studied composition with Evolution Series founder Dr. Judah Adashi. Ursula has performed with contemporary music ensembles and orchestras throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Cursive, Olympia Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, The Sound Ensemble, and Symphony Tacoma.
Ursula also has a great depth of experience in education and community outreach. She is an elementary music teacher practicing the Kodály approach in the Renton School District, and currently serves as the secretary of Northwest Kodály Educators. She has previously worked as a Teaching Artist with the Seattle Symphony, a composition teacher with the Junior Bach program, Education Coordinator for Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, a site coordinator with the Creative Access Outreach program, and a section coach with the Peabody Youth Orchestra. When she's not teaching or playing oboe, Ursula enjoys singing, science fiction, tabletop games, and visiting national parks.
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