Jane Murray has held the solo English horn position with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra since 1978. A champion of both the oboe d’amore and the English horn, she has premiered several new works and was recipient in 2012 of a RI State Council for the Arts Grant for a series of concerts of music for English horn and organ performed in several of the area’s magnificent churches. She also is an accomplished oboist, and plays principal oboe for the Chorus of Westerly, RI Civic Chorale, Island Moving Company, Litchfield (CT) County Choral Union, and with the Hilltop Trio.
As a concerto soloist she has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, Fall River Symphony and Concerts on the Island Chamber Orchestras, and was the featured oboist at the Newport Music Festival from 1993-2003. She also appeared at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in 1995, 2008, and 2018, and at Vermont’s Reveille Festival from 2011-2014.
A devoted pedagogue, she is on the faculty of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, St Georges School, Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island, where she teaches Oboe and Somatic Education for Musicians. She served on the faculty of the Vermont Youth Orchestras Summer program, and was the artistic director of the Northeast Quintet Camp.
She is also a licensed Andover Educator, teaching Body Mapping for musicians: a somatic awareness curriculum which can help musicians of all ages retrain their movement to allow them to play without pain and avoid injury. She teaches courses at URI and Rhode Island College as well as in private practice, and is in demand as a clinician. She has presented workshops for the New England Band Directors Institute, SUNY Purchase and UMass Oboe Days, Kinhaven Music Camp, Providence College, and at the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conference in Columbus GA.
Licensed Andover Educator – specialist in somatic education for musicians.
- M.M. in Music Education, University of Rhode Island, 1989
- B.M. in oboe performance, Boston University, 1978