Ed Stanley is originally from Roanoke, VA and has lived in Greencastle, PA since 1981. He earned an undergraduate degree in music education at Western Carolina University and a Master of Music degree in oboe performance at the University of Oklahoma. Since moving to this area he has been active in the region's musical life, having served as principal oboist with the Maryland Symphony, the Millbrook Orchestra, the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players, the Mercersburg Community Chorus and Orchestra, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, the Gettysburg Festival, and the Hood College Chamber Players.
He is a founding member of the Appalachian Wind Quintet, winners of the 1992 Baltimore Chamber Music Competition. As a freelance musician he has performed with many of the area's choral groups and churches as well as performances with the Harrisburg Symphony and the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He maintains teaching studios at Hood College, at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, and at his home in Greencastle. His principal teachers were James Gavigan at the University of Oklahoma and Richard White with the National Symphony.