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IllumiNation: New American Concertos for Oboe



Oboist and SMTD Professor Nancy Ambrose King completed a CD recording of four new concerti for oboe written by American composers, each of whom represents a similar style of descriptive, picturesque, illuminating, and accessible music with a popular flair. This project represents a synthesis of American composers, including U-M Professor Michael Daugherty, while also showcasing the talents of University of Michigan and Ann Arbor musicians.  

Dr. King has devoted her professional career, outside of her teaching responsibilities, to further establishing the oboe as a solo instrument. After the completion of nine solo CDs featuring most all the standard concerti written for her instrument, her goal is to now bring attention to new works being written for the oboe, works by composers who deserve recognition and most especially those by female composers. This recording employed 51 local Michigan artists and University of Michigan collaborators.

An exciting new focus of SMTD is its EXCEL program, whose mission it is to enable all our students to forge a viable career in the performing arts by exploring, developing and leveraging their talents, training, skills, and ambitions. The Ann Arbor Camerata is a group whose roots began with precisely this goal. Formed as a student group with faculty sponsorship over 10 years ago, the Ann Arbor Camerata has materialized into an ensemble of students, alumni, and local professional musicians. It is a bold example of the thriving entrepreneurship and enthusiastic ambition found in today’s young musicians. This recording brings well-deserved recognition to the mission of its EXCEL program, with the Ann Arbor Camerata a shining example of that program's "Excellence in Action" motto. It features numerous SMTD faculty and students performing and conducting. Funding for the CD recording project was provided in part by a grant from the University of Michigan Office of Research.

The CD has been released on Equilibrium Records. It is available at

as well as available for download on Apple Music, I-tunes, Amazon, and Spotify.



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