ara Wilmot Lay, oboe, joined the faculty of the University of North Alabama Department of Music and Theater in 2008. Ms. Lay earned her B.A. in Music Performance in 1989 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she studied with Elizabeth Camus and John Mack. She continued her modern oboe studies as a graduate assistant at Florida State University, with Eric Ohlsson, earning her M.M. in Oboe Performance in 1991, and continuing into the doctoral program at FSU. While at FSU, she also pursued an M.M. in Musicology and became enamored of early music on original instruments, studying Baroque oboe with George Riordan. As a result, she also plays shawm, recorder, and crumhorn. At the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Ms. Lay also performed in the Indiana University Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Stanley Ritchie, and studied with Stephen Hammer, Gonzalo Ruiz, Washington McLain, and John Abberger.
Professionally, Ms. Lay has been a member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra since December 1998, and Nashville’s Music City Baroque since 2003. She has also played baroque oboe with the St. Clements Baroque Orchestra in Chicago, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the 17th Century in Washington D.C. Ms. Lay maintains a busy modern oboe schedule, playing with regional orchestras and chamber groups such as the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, Valley Conservatory, Huntsville Chamber Winds, and many local theater, opera and church productions.