Described as “sehr zauber” (Ridgefield Press), oboist Nicole Golay is a diverse solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. As a founding member of indie-classical chamber ensemble Madera Vox, Nicole has two recordings and was invited to perform at the 2010 Chamber Music America Conference, as well as the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference. She has performed with Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Gilbert & Sullivan Theater, Beatlemania, Jupiter Symphony, and more recently, Orquesta Cubano and the Boise Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, she has played with SEM Ensemble, New York Kammermusiker, Esopus Chamber Ensemble, and as founding director, Neue Bach Band, a group dedicated to the chamber works of J. S. Bach. Nicole has had the pleasure to play under the batons of Robert Shaw, Zubin Mehta, Jaap Schroder, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Kristjan Jarvi, and Robert Franz. As an avid music educator and double reed advocate, Ms. Golay has held teaching positions at University of Virginia, Dutchess Community College, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and currently, Sage International School of Boise. She received her Master of Music degree from Yale University (1996) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts (1994). Originally from Idaho, Nicole’s principal teachers were Janie Griff, Allan Vogel, and Ronald Roseman.

Other instruments played: English horn, piano

Favorite composer: J.S. Bach

Other interests: gardening, running, kayaking and skiing

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