Oboe, became assistant principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1990, and served as principal oboe from 2001-2003. Mr. Rathbun was previously a member of the Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras. In 1988, he won first prize in the Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboe Players held at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, where he also gave his New York debut recital in April of 1990. He has taught at Kent State University, Kent-Blossom Chamber Music Festival, and began as lecturer in oboe at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in fall 2006. Mr. Rathbun has been a visiting oboe professor at CIM, Oberlin and Indiana University, as well as master class presenter at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and others. A graduate of the University of North Texas (B.M., 1981, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004), where he studied with Charles Veazey, and CIM (M.M., 1983, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003), where he studied with John Mack, Mr. Rathbun is an active composer of chamber and orchestral works. His compositions are published by Theodore Presser Co., Jeanne, Inc. and Amoris International. In 1995, The Cleveland Orchestra presented the world premiere of Mr. Rathbun's Daredevil, his Three Psalms of Jerusalem in August 1998, and in January 2000, his Motions for Cellos was premiered by the orchestra's cello section. Mr. Rathbun's compositions have been conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, Leonard Slatkin, Jahja Ling and Franz Welser-Móst. His solo oboe CD Color Factory is available at www.dNote.com. Mr. Rathbun was appointed to the CIM faculty in 2006.
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