Ms. Rebecca Ray has degrees from Ithaca College (1994 BM, Oboe Performance and Music Education) and the University of New Mexico (1997 MM, Oboe Performance). Ms. Ray’s former positions in education include Instructor of Oboe and Bassoon at New Mexico State University, Elementary Music Teacher for Las Cruces Public Schools, Director of Bands at the Bosque School in Albuquerque, and interim Oboe Instructor at the University of New Mexico. Currently, Ms. Ray’s teaching focuses on private instruction and her work as an active clinician and double reed advocate in local school band programs.
Currently principal oboist with both the Las Cruces Symphony and the San Juan Symphony, Ms. Ray has an active performance career. She is also second chair oboe and English horn in The Santa Fe Symphony, and freelances regularly on oboe and English horn with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Ms. Ray’s other freelance groups include Santa Fe Pro Musica, Opera Southwest, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, and the 505 Winds.
Ms. Ray’s studio in uptown Albuquerque, Desert Double Reeds, specializes in oboe instruction and double-reed family instrument repair. She moved from her home state of Connecticut to New Mexico in 1995; in addition to making music, Ms. Ray runs a part-time business with Arbonne International, a global health and wellness company. Her outside interests include aikido, reading, gardening, and bike riding. Ms. Ray is married to Alan Ray, and their happy home includes three lively dogs (Bella, Luna, and Tucker) and two tolerant cats (Gracie and Pepper).