Professor of Music
Howard Niblock, oboe, has been a member of the Lawrence Conservatory faculty since 1981. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1972, majoring in Philosophy and English Literature; in 1973 he received the Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. His oboe teachers have included Daniel Stolper, Marc Fink, John Mack, Richard Killmer, and Harry Shulman.
Mr. Niblock has performed widely in Europe in cities such as Vienna, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Milan, among others. He has been a featured performer at conferences of the International Double Reed Society in 1979, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2011. In the United States, his chamber music performances include appearances with the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, the Birch Creek Chamber Music Festival, and numerous guest appearances with the Lawrence Chamber Players. In all, he has performed over twenty different oboe concertos with ensembles in eight states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries.
Mr. Niblock has also established his reputation as a teacher; his former pupils have performed as members of many fine orchestras both in the United States and abroad. In 1980, he was guest lecturer at the Vienna Academy of Music. In addition to the oboe, Mr. Niblock has developed his interests in other diverse fields, most especially that of musical aesthetics, a study which unites his musical career with his earlier work in philosophy and literature. His publications include essays, articles, reviews, arrangements, and original compositions, and many have appeared in such journals as The Instrumentalist, The Double Reed, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, as well as in the New Grove Dictionary of Music in the United States.
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