Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion
Primary Contact:
Michael Rosen

Administrative Assistant:
Cindy Shairba

Division Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8198
Fax: (440) 775-6813

Robert Walters

Robert Walters

Professor of Oboe and English Horn
(On Leave Spring 2017)

Professor of Oboe and English Horn

Robert Walters teaches his students to approach the oboe with a broader perspective. "It's not just about the instrument, it's about the music." Many of his students have won positions with major orchestras, including the oboist featured in this video: After just one season as principal oboist with the Kansas City Symphony, Mingjia Liu ’10 was appointed principal oboist of the San Francisco Opera.

Contact Information


Bibbins Hall 135
(440) 775-8211

Robert Walters

Robert Walters

Robert Walters

Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Educational Background

  • BM, Curtis Institute of Music (1990)
  • MFA, Creative Writing, Columbia University (1995)
  • Studies with Richard Woodhams and John Mack

Orchestral Positions:

  • Cleveland Orchestra, Oboe and Solo English horn (2004-present)
  • Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Oboe and Solo English horn (2000-04)
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Oboe and Solo English horn (1996-2000)
  • Philadelphia Orchestra, Performances as Assistant Principal and Second Oboe (1988-95)

Students' Successes
Since joining the Metropolitan Opera in fall 2000, Robert Walters has helped students of both instruments attain solo positions in the following orchestras: Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, New Jersey, Orpheus, Pacific, Richmond, Rochester, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Santiago, Sarasota Opera, Seattle, Shanghai, Syracuse. Read more.

Solo Performances: (partial listing)
Soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony; the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Carnegie Hall); New York Chamber Soloists; and the Beijing Radio Symphony (China).

Appearances as Principal Oboe With:
Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, New York Chamber Symphony (92nd Street Y), RCA Studios for Columbia Pictures, BMG Studios, Opera Orchestra of New York, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Marlboro Music, Musicians from Marlboro touring ensemble

Teaching Background:

  • Aspen Music Festival, Artist Faculty (2004-present)
  • Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Artist Faculty (2004-present)
  • New World Symphony, Coaching Program (2005-present)
  • Formerly Instructor of Oboe at Bard, Swarthmore, and Haverford colleges, and the University of Pennsylvania

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