Dwight Parry
Oboe
Josephine I. & David J. Joseph, Jr. Chair
 
 
 
  Photo: Ixi Chen  
     
  Year joined the CSO: 2007  
     
  Hometown: Ventura, California  
     
  Hobbies: Disc golf, hiking, cooking, travel  
     
  Most influenced by: My wonderful teachers John Mack, Allan Vogel, David Weiss, and Joel Timm.  
     
  Little known fact: If I hadn't been swept away by the oboe in high school, I would have stuck with the saxophone and been a jazzer in LA.  
     
  Earliest musical memory: Playing a piano recital for my elementary school. Nervous and hiding my face in the keyboard, I was nicknamed "the hunchback of Loma Vista"...  
     
  Other than performing music, I've always thought it would be fun to be a: A college professor, perhaps teaching a foreign language if not music. I know it's nerdy, but I really miss academia. I had a so many great friends, teachers and experiences in school.  
     
  Bio: Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2006-2007, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and before that was a fellow in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin. Originally from Southern California, he found his passion for music studying piano, voice, and jazz saxophone, but it was not until his sophomore year of high school that he began playing the oboe. Dwight received his Bachelorís degree from the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and his Master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack.

In addition to his love for orchestral playing, Dwight enjoys performing as a soloist, both with orchestra and in recital. Concerto appearances have included the works of Mozart, Strauss, Goossens, Haydn, Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Barber, Marcello and Vaughn-Williams. He is currently a member of the Cincinnati-based chamber group Concert:Nova and regularly performs Bach cantatas at St. Thomas Episcopal with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble. Dwight has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently faculty at Northern Kentucky University, regularly gives guest masterclasses at universities and festivals and teaches privately. Dwight plays exclusively on Loree oboes.