Melissa Peña, oboe/English horn

Melissa-Pena-playingMelissa Peña oboe/English horn

Melissa Peña is currently Associate Principal Oboe/English Horn with the New Mexico Philharmonic and Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Oregon. Peña previously held positions with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (2002-2010) and the Sarasota Orchestra (2001-2002). She has recently performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Symphony, Opera Colorado, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Astoria Music Festival. Additionally, Peña has performed with such organizations as the Kansas City Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and Music from Angel Fire among others. An active chamber musician, Peña is a core member of Albuquerque’s innovative chamber music series, Chatter, and is a member of the Oregon Wind Quintet. She has appeared as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and New Mexico Philharmonic. Peña received her Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she was a student of Barbara Bishop, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois, where she studied with Nancy Ambrose-King.