With the RPO since: Fall 2008
Hometown: Barrington, Illinois - It's a suburb of Chicago.
When not performing with the RPO, you can find me keeping in shape, so probably running outside or at the gym. I lived in New York City so I love Central Park, Riverside Park, etc. I am really looking forward to discovering Rochester's parks.
An early music-related memory was in fifth grade, trying to play the theme from the Flintstones on the oboe. That was my first assignment as an oboe student. Before that I played the piano. Also, I remember my parents forcing my sister and me to play together when we were really little. We hated it! We would fight and argue. It was terrible. Now when we play together we can't get through anything without laughing. Our rendition of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante (for Viola and Oboe, of course) is pretty hysterical.
When I decided to be a professional musician: I guess I've always set my sights on being a musician. I grew up around music. My mom was a singer in the Chicago Symphony Chorus, my twin sister played violin and viola, and my younger sister played cello. Also, working at my dad's dental practice confirmed my desire to pursue something other than the 9-5 job. Not that there's anything wrong with the dental industry - I have some unbelievably funny stories about my time there!
My favorite travel destination is Japan! I've spent a few summers there and I'm always looking for an excuse to go back! I would really love to return to the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo - the last time I was there, my friends and I missed the 4 am tuna auctions, so I have to go back to witness it!
Influential teachers - all of them! Richard Woodhams, Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, and Jonathan Fischer, to name a few.
Favorite ice cream flavor: I love all flavors, I don't discriminate.
What are your other "hidden" talents (hobbies, other art forms, etc.)? Does reedmaking count as a hobby? I think that's what I do most, outside of practicing and rehearsing. Also, I am a coffee addict. And I like cooking/baking/eating!
What other orchestras have you performed with? The New York City Ballet Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, etc. I've also played on Broadway in the current production of Mary Poppins.
Do you have a pet? I don't have a pet of my own, but I lived with my sister's cat Mitten for 4 years. Also, my parents have 3 other cats back home in Chicago and a dog. It's hard for me to get anything done back there because the animals are so entertaining. One cat in particular, Eddie, has a tendency to steal my oboe and English horn reeds in an attempt to eat them. I've found reeds in the strangest places!
Ms. Steltenpohl is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, Nathan Hughes, Richard Woodhams, and Jonathan Fischer. She has performed as principal oboe with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony. She has attended the Pacific Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and School. In addition to being featured on National Public Radio’s nationally syndicated “From the Top,” she and her twin sister Lisa, a violist, have starred in the educational video series “Musical Encounters” and on Philadelphia television.
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