Oboist Margaret Helfer Herlehy received her training at the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College where she remained as Artist in Residence for a five-year tenure. Throughout the 1980’s, Ms. Herlehy became immersed in the New York Contemporary music scene where she premiered works at annual Carnegie Recital Hall performances.
On relocating to New England in 1990, she joined the faculties of Phillips Exeter Academy and later, the University of New Hampshire and enjoys working as a freelance artist in the Greater Boston Area. Present orchestral work includes performing as principal oboist with the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Opera North and as soloist with the White Mountain Bach Festival.
Ms. Herlehy continues to be active in pursuing new works for oboe. In 2014, she premiered “Untitled” for Oboe and Wind Symphony by Ryan Vigil, “Nobody Knows” by Christopher Kies, “Quibble” by Frank Stemper in 2015, and also recently recorded “Theme and Variations for Oboe and Piano” by Scott Pender with UNH Professor Rob Haskins.
Reaching to extend her voice with the oboe Margaret recently produced and performed Café 1930, a collection of South American music including choros and sambas with UNH guitar teacher David Newsam and Boston based Brazilian Jazz artists. The CD was released in 2015 and has caught the attention of Radio Stations in both the United States and Central America and has been praised by Jazz critics as “Powerfully intoxicating”. An avid speedskater, Margaret lives an eclectic musical life on the New Hampshire seacoast.
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1982
Fields of Research/Artistry
Chamber Music, numerous recordings