Principal Oboe of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Dr. Kevin Vigneau is also Professor of Oboe at UNM and has enjoyed an international career as an orchestral player, soloist, teacher and chamber musician.

Principal Oboe of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra (South Africa) from 1986-1990 and Principal Oboe of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal) from 1993-1996, he has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Opera Company of Boston Orchestra the New Haven Symphony and a fellow at the Berkshire Music Festival.

Mr. Vigneau has performed as a chamber musician with Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Festival, the South African Broadcasting Society, the Mistral Wind Quintet, the Cassat Quartet, the Kandinsky Trio and the Maia String Quartet. As a recitalist and soloist he has performed in Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, at Octoboefest in Iowa, at International Double Reed Society Conferences in Chicago and Phoenix, in Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Azores, Taiwan, Canada, and at many colleges and universities in the United States.

His solo CD Oboe on the Edge: Modern Masterworks for Oboe, was released in 2008 on Centaur Records. He has also recorded the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa for EMI Classics, the Hidas Oboe Concerto with the UNM Wind Symphony on the Summit label and 20th-century wind quintets with the New Mexico Winds for Centaur.

Dr. Vigneau holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University (1998) where he studied with Ronald Roseman and was awarded the Dean’s Prize for the outstanding member of the graduating class. He also studied with Ralph Gomberg and Laurence Thorstenberg at Boston University, where he earned his BM.

The Cape Times has referred to Dr. Vigneau as “a consummate instrumentalist, who brings to the task technical facility, abundant musicality and a keen intellect.”

Further reviews include:

“The C Major Oboe Concerto followed, with Kevin Vigneau as soloist in a performance that was, quite simply, delicious….Vigneau revealed a beguiling playfulness and lightness of spirit ideal for Mozart. In pure tones and delicate phrasing he revealed the music’s shadows as well as its sweetness. With nimble grace he repeatedly surprised, suddenly pulling back on a line to expose its tender underside, turning each cadenza into a little surprise.” – Albuquerque Journal

“Strauss’ delicious Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra was given a superb performance by Kevin Vigneau, a musical event I have been looking forward to for weeks…sopranos could envy Vigneau his outstanding breath control and phrasing…he excelled in the rapid runs and never sacrificed music for virtuosity. He is so good he doesn’t have to prove anything.” – Argus

“His dexterity was exemplary, intonation secure, tonguing effortless, breath supply limitless.” – Cape Times

“Oboist Kevin Vigneau was the star of this Tanglewood performance.” – The New Yorker

“…from the opening florid theme, Vigneau’s tone ws glorious, his phrasing impeccable. The long soaring lines of the Andante were matched with rapid figurations in the outer movements. A joyous performance well meriting the standing applause freely given to one of the NMSO’s own. – Albuquerque Journal

Our Musicians

Krzysztof Zimowski


David Felberg, violin

David Felberg

Associate Concertmaster

Phillip Coonce


Jonathan Amerding


Kerri Lay


Linda Boivin


Barbara Rivers


Nicolle Maniaci


Barbara Scalf Morris

Barbara Scalf Morris


Carol Swift-Matton, violin

Carol Swift-Matton

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Ikuko Kanda, violin

Ikuko Kanda


Justin Pollak


Julanie Lee


Iris McDowell


Roberta Branagan


Sheila McLay


Daniel Brandt, Violin

Daniel Brandt (on leave)


Susan French


Gary Logsdon

Principal Viola

Kimberly Fredenburgh

Assistant Principal Viola

Nicholas Hill


Christine Rancier, Viola

Christine Rancier


Virginia Lawrence


Willy Sucre


Lisa DiCarlo


Joan Zucker

Principal Cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum, cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum


Joel Becktell


David Schepps, Cello

David Schepps


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Dana Winograd


Lisa Collins


Peggy Wells


Jean-Luc Matton

Principal Bass

Mark Tatum

Assistant Principal Bass

Katherine Olszowka


Terry Pruitt


Derek DeVelder


Ryan Walter

Bassoon 2

Valerie Potter

Principal Flute

Sara Tutland

Flute 2/ Piccolo

Kevin Vigneau

Principal Oboe

Melissa Peña

Associate Principal/English Horn

James Shields

Principal Clarinet

Lori Lovato

Assistant Principal Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet

Sunshine Simmons

Clarinet 3/Bass Clarinet

Stefanie Przybylska

Principal Bassoon

Denise Turner

Bassoon 2

Peter Ulffers

Principal Horn

Kurt Civilette

Assistant Principal Horn

Nathan Ukens

Horn 4

Niels Galloway

Assistant Horn

John Marchiando

Principal Trumpet

Mark Hyams

Trumpet 2

Jennifer Brynn Rector

Associate Principal Trumpet, Trumpet 3

Debra Taylor, trombone

Debra Taylor (Principal Trombone)

Principal Trombone

Byron Herrington

Trombone 2

David Tall

Bass Trombone

Richard White

Principal Tuba

Douglas Cardwell, Principal Timpani

Douglas Cardwell

Principal Timpani

Jeff Cornelius

Principal Percussion

Kenneth Dean

Percussion 2

Emily Cornelius, Percussion

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Anne Eisfeller (Principal Harp)

Principal Harp