Noelle Drewes, Oboist - Performer, Teacher, and Repair Specialist

Noelle Drewes, DMA, is an oboe, English horn, and oboe d'amore performer and teacher, as well as a double reed repair specialist, active throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Noelle Drewes is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, where she teaches oboe and is a resident artist member of the Sunderman Wind Quintet. She has served as Principal Oboe with the Apollo Orchestra in Washington, DC since its founding in 2010 as well as Principal Oboe of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV since 2014. Noelle has appeared extensively as a substitute with the National Symphony Orchestra and NSO Pops on both second oboe and English Horn, including for the television broadcast of A Capitol Fourth from the U.S. Capitol, numerous subscription series concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, shows at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, as well as a NSO in Your Neighborhood performance at Union Station. While performing with the NSO, she has had the privilege of sharing the stage with such eclectic artists as Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, Renee Fleming, Hansen, Paquito D'Rivera, George Takei, and Misty Copeland.

Noelle has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic, and the McLean Orchestra, as well as with the Great Noise Ensemble, Atlantic Reed Consort, The Georgetown Quintet, United States Naval Academy Band, and the orchestras of the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Washington Concert Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, the Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society.

She is a former member of the Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra of Charlottesville, VA, the Summer Opera Theater Company of Washington, DC, the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra of Binghamton, NY, and was a founding member of the reed trio, The Capital Reeds, active from 2013-2018.

In addition to the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap, Noelle has performed at many interesting and venerable venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, from the Library of Congress to Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. She has performed shows at the Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, and concerts at Strathmore Music Center, the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Antietam National Battlefield, and Washington National Cathedral, as well as at the Organization of American States Hall of the Americas, the French and Italian Embassies, and the official residences of the Colombian, Belgian, Japanese, and Portuguese Ambassadors.

Noelle has worked with such conductors as Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eschenbach, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, Steven Reineke, JoAnn Falletta, Patrick Summers, Jack Everly, Karel Husa, and Paul Goodwin among many others.

Double reed repair specialist, Noelle DrewesNoelle began her instrument repair career as an apprentice at Lee Lachman’s Woodwind Services, where she has continued to work as a technician since 2012. Currently serving as the double reed repair specialist at Lee's, she provides maintenance, repairs, and adjustments to all the double reed instruments that come through the shop, and works on the other instruments of the woodwind family as needed. Her clients include members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and the DC premier military bands, as well as prominent freelance classical and jazz artists, show players, and countless schools, students and hobbyists throughout the region.

She also runs her own double reed repair workshop from her home in Bowie, MD. One of her primary clients is Aria Double Reeds. She has provided repair and maintenance for their instruments for several years. Noelle has appeared as a guest repair specialist at double reed events at the University of Maryland and Shenandoah Conservatory.

In addition to her studio at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, Dr. Drewes maintains a successful private teaching studio out of her home in Bowie, MD, consisting of beginners through adults. Students from Noelle's studio have been accepted into such institutions as the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, West Virginia University, and SUNY Potsdam among others.

Teaching the art of reed making is a major part of her curriculum, and most students eventually move from playing on and purchasing Noelle's handmade reeds (a perk of studio membership, as she only sells reeds to students in her private studio) to playing on their own, supplementing instrumental lessons with addtional reed-making lessons in order to learn the skill for themselves.

She was previously an oboe instructor at DeMatha Catholic High School from 2007-2015 and Bishop McNamara High School from 2008-2016.

Doctor of Musical Arts recepient, Noelle DrewesNoelle attended the University of Maryland for graduate school, earning both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, in 2009 and 2012 respectively. As part of her doctoral assistantship, she coached undergraduate woodwind chamber music groups and taught weekly seminars on oboe technique. In 2009, she performed the Martinu Oboe Concerto with the UMD Repertoire Orchestra in Dekelboum Concert Hall, after placing in the UMD Concerto Competition. While a student at UMD, she played in side by side concerts with both the Imani Winds and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her doctoral dissertation topic was "Modern Music & Versatility: Post WWII Music for Oboe and English Horn Doubling."

An Ohio native, Noelle grew up playing in the Columbus Cadet and Youth Symphonies, as well as the Regional and All-State Orchestras, and was a fellowship student of the Chamber Music Connection. Recipient of the full-tuition Whalen Scholarship, Noelle received her Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from the Ithaca College School of Music in 2007, which included a semester of study abroad at the Royal College of Music in London, England, as a member of the woodwind quintet FORZA.

Noelle has spent summers at the Pierre Monteux School, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her main teachers were Mark Hill, Paige Morgan, John Anderson, and Robyn Dixon-Costa. She has also worked extensively with Nicholas Stovall, Jane Marvine, Eric Ohlsson, Randall Ellis, Robert Sheena, and Ralph Gomberg.


Equipment

Howarth XL Cocobolo Oboe

Loree English Horn with a Hiniker bocal

Loree Oboe d'amore