Sandra Gerster has been practicing the oboe for over half a century. Praised for “exemplary bravura” (New Haven Register), and “expressive animation” (Baltimore Sun), she is a busy musician who is delighted to celebrate her 27th anniversary as principal oboist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra.
A proud Baltimore resident, Gerster performs regularly with the Baltimore, Maryland and Annapolis Symphonies. As principal oboist of the Bach in Baltimore orchestra, she plays Bach cantatas each month and is frequently featured as a concerto soloist.
For many years, Gerster lived in Virginia, performing with the Richmond and Virginia (Norfolk) Symphonies, as well as Virginia Opera and Williamsburg Symphonia. Early in her musical career she was principal oboist of the Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Opera, Berkshire Opera, and Opera New England. A frequent chamber music collaborator, Gerster has concertized with the New World, Franciscan and Cavani String Quartets. She was a founding member of Soni Fidelis Quintet; the wind ensemble made an acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, held a residency at the Hartt School of Music and worked with celebrities such as Susan Saint James and Captain Kangaroo.
Currently a faculty member of the Peabody Institute of Music and Baltimore School for the Arts, she also coordinates the music program of BSA’s TWIGS community outreach arts program. Ms. Gerster has previously held teaching appointments at more than twenty educational institutions, including James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities, and the Universities of Richmond and Connecticut.