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Noelle Drewes, DMA, is a freelance oboe, English horn, and oboe d'amore player in the DC area. She has an extensive performance resume that includes serving as Principal Oboe with the Apollo Orchestra since it's founding in 2011, Principal Oboe of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Capital Reeds. She has performed on numerous occasions as a guest with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as the Richmond Symphony, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, the McLean Orchestra, Great Noise Ensemble, Arlington Philharmonic, and the United States Naval Academy Band, as well as with the orchestras of the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Washington Concert Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society. Past positions include the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra of Binghamton, NY, the Summer Opera Theater Company Orchestra of Washington, DC, and the Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra of Charlottesville, VA. She has additionally performed as a guest with the Imani Winds, and with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

In the greater Washington, DC area, Noelle has performed extensively at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in their Concert Hall, the Terrace Theater, and Millennium Stage, as well as at both the Filene Center and the Barns at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She has also performed at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, Strathmore Music Center, Signature Theatre (A Little Night Music, 2017), George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Washington National Cathedral, Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Center Stage, Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts, Antietam National Battlefield, the Maryland Theatre, the Organization of American States' Hall of the Americas, the Italian Embassy, and the official residences of the Colombian, Belgian, Japanese, and Portuguese Ambassadors. Additionally she has appeared at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Noelle has worked under such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Gerard Schwarz, Karel Husa, and Paul Goodwin among many others.

After a performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with the National Symphony Orchestra in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall:
pictured with Nicholas Stovall, Samuel Nemec (of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Jamie Roberts and Katherine Meany (2014)


Noelle is also a woodwind repair specialist. She began her repair career as an apprentice at Lee Lachman’s Woodwind Services, where she has continued to work as a technician since 2012. Her clients have included members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and DC premier military bands, as well as prominent freelance jazz artists, show players, and countless schools, students and hobbyists throughout the region. She provides maintenance and repairs, in addition to properly adjusting all the double reed instruments that come through the shop. She also works on the other instruments of the woodwind family as needed. Noelle has appeared as a guest repair specialist at double reed events at the University of Maryland and Shenandoah Conservatory.

As an educator, Dr. Drewes maintains a private teaching studio out of her home in Bowie, Maryland. She previously taught as an oboe instructor at DeMatha Catholic High School from 2007-2015 and Bishop McNamara High School from 2008-2016. Most of her students play on her handmade reeds.

Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland (2012)

Noelle attended the University of Maryland for graduate school, earning both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, in 2009 and 2012 respectively. As part of her doctoral assistantship, she coached undergraduate woodwind chamber music groups and taught weekly seminars on oboe technique. In 2009, she performed the Martinu Oboe Concerto with the UMD Repertoire Orchestra in Dekelboum Concert Hall, after placing in the UMD Concerto Competition. Her doctoral dissertation topic was Modern Music & Versatility: Post WWII Music for Oboe and English Horn Doubling. An Ohio native, Noelle grew up playing in the Columbus Cadet and Youth Symphonies, as well as the Regional and All-State Orchestras, and was a fellowship student of the Chamber Music Connection. Recipient of the full-tuition Whalen Scholarship, Noelle received her Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from the Ithaca College School of Music in 2007, including a semester of study abroad as a member of the woodwind quintet FORZA at the Royal College of Music in London, England. She has spent summers at the Pierre Monteux School, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her teachers include Nicholas Stovall, Jane Marvine, Mark Hill, Paige Morgan, Robyn Dixon-Costa, John Anderson, and Ralph Gomberg.