David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Driscoll


Adjunct Instructor of Oboe

Robin Driscoll, oboe, grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and was privileged to be able to attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for High School studying under Joseph Robinson, who would come to be the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic the year after Robin’s graduation. Inspired by Mr. Robinson’s mentorship, Robin then moved to Ohio where he studied oboe and mathematics at Oberlin College, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music with James Caldwell, Elizabeth Camus, and John Mack respectively. After receiving his Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Driscoll played with the Cleveland Orchestra as a long- term replacement for a member of their oboe section who was on medical leave. He has been both guest principal and acting second oboe with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony to Russia and Europe in 1990 and with the Cleveland Orchestra to Hong Kong and Japan that same year where he was featured in the offstage oboe solo in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Mr. Driscoll has performed with the St. Louis Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony as acting second oboe. While in Atlanta, he was featured as solo English horn in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust conducted by Charles Dutoit. He also participated in the Cleveland Orchestra’s tour to Carnegie Hall that was taped for one of the Great Performers Series on PBS. Mr. Driscoll is currently principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet and the Wheeling Symphony. The prestigious Pittsburgh Concert Society announced Mr. Driscoll as a winner of their 2008 competition. He performed in recital at the opening concert for their 2008-09 season. Mr. Driscoll was hired to rebuild the Oboe Studio at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2010 and currently is part of the adjunct faculty at High Point University. Mr. Driscoll was one of two primary oboe teachers and performers at the prestigious 2011 John Mack Oboe Camp where he gave master classes to over 65 oboe students. He has given master classes and played in recital with Joseph Robinson at Duke University and Ohio State University. Mr. Driscoll has taught at Brevard College, the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, taught as a sabbatical replacement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and was invited to be a Guest Professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Driscoll has received a US Patent on a new machine for making oboe reeds and manufactures these machines at his own workshop in Advance, North Carolina, with the aid of new computerized milling technologies.

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