Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez

Oboist Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez has performed and taught throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. As the director of a new artist's service organization, Lumina Arts Incubator, Merideth works to bring artists together in community to unleash joy. She recently held positions as Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston Salem), The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) and Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative ten-piece chamber ensemble in Chicago. Before Chicago, she resided in New York City where she appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as an active freelancer. She graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School and also studied at the Yale School of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, she explored how studying baroque and modern oboe together informs and benefits the player.

Merideth is deeply committed to connecting with the next generation of musicians and audiences alike, through music education and community outreach. A founding member of Lumina Duo with pianist Jani Parsons, she performs specially curated recitals around the country to inspire social change. Their debut album of French music (in memory of those in the Parisian terrorist attacks of 2015 ) is forthcoming. As a Ravinia Teaching Artist, she worked with Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago public schools, and as a recipient of the SYLFF Fellowship awarded through the Tokyo Foundation, she toured Japan in the summer of 2012, coaching and performing alongside students as part of the foundation’s Tsunami recovery effort. With Lumina Arts Incubator, Merideth explores creativity, spirituality and service with artists in the Wilmington Delaware area and beyond.

When she’s not playing oboe or making reeds, Merideth enjoys traveling the world and attempting to speak foreign languages with a southern accent. She hails from Abbeville, SC, but now calls Wilmington, DE home, where she resides with her husband, Rev. Edwin Estevez.

Education

D.M.A., The Julliard School
M.M., Yale School of Music
B.M., Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Lumina Arts Incubator is generously sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church, Wilmington DE

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