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Katherine Young Steele, Principal

Katherine Young Steele was appointed principal oboe of The Florida Orchestra in March 2007.  Previously, she completed a fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where she served as principal oboe on numerous occasions under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and during residencies at the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, and New York's Carnegie Hall. Steele has served as a guest principal oboe in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony.  She has performed in the music festivals of Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Banff, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, and with the National Repertory Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Steele has participated in chamber music festivals in Sarasota, Florida, and Norfolk, Connecticut, and has presented recitals in Washington, DC, Columbus, Ohio, and throughout south Florida.  She is a passionate advocate for music education and maintains a small private teaching studio.  She will join the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, this summer and currently serves on the faculty at The University of Tampa and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan.  A native of Lancaster, Ohio, she holds a bachelor's degree in music and the prestigious performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a master's degree in music from Rice University’s Shepherd School.  Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer, Robert Atherholt, and Donna Conaty.

Steele was featured in Tampa Bay Times' Meet Your Florida Orchestra Musician series. Click here to read the article.


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