Noelle Drewes is an adjunct assistant professor at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, where she teaches oboe and is a resident artist member of the Sunderman Wind Quintet.
She has served as principal oboe with the Apollo Orchestra in Washington, DC since 2010, and principal oboe with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV since 2014. She was formerly a member of the Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra in Charlottesville, VA and the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra in Binghamton, NY.
Noelle has appeared extensively as a substitute with the National Symphony Orchestra and NSO Pops on both second oboe and English horn, including numerous subscription series concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, shows at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and performances at the US Capitol. She has additionally performed with the Richmond, Annapolis, and Maryland Symphonies, and the orchestras of the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Maryland Lyric Opera, Washington Chorus, and the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society, among many others.
Noelle is also a woodwind instrument repair specialist. She has worked as a technician at Lee Lachman’s Woodwind Services in College Park, MD since 2012, and opened her own double reed repair workshop from her home in Bowie, MD in 2020.
Recipient of the full-tuition Whalen Scholarship, Noelle received her Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from the Ithaca College School of Music in 2007, including a semester of study abroad, with her wind quintet, at the Royal College of Music in London, England. She attended the University of Maryland for graduate school, earning both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Her doctoral dissertation topic was “Modern Music & Versatility: Post WWII Music for Oboe and English Horn Doubling.”
Her main teachers were Mark Hill, Paige Morgan, and Robyn Dixon-Costa. She has also worked extensively with John Anderson, Nicholas Stovall and Jane Marvine. Please visit www.ndrewes.com for more information.