Professor of Oboe
B. Mus. (1976), M.Mus. (1977) Juilliard School of Music
Principal oboe (retired), The Houston Symphony
1105 Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Robert Atherholt retired from the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2011 after twenty-seven years as Principal oboist. He continues his long association at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he is Professor of Oboe. He was a student of Robert Bloom at The Juilliard School. Prior to joining the HSO, he was a member of Orpheus, The St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and The Opera Orchestra of New York among others. He was Principal oboist of The New Jersey Symphony during the 1979-80 season and has appeared as guest Principal oboist with The Boston Symphony, The St. Louis Symphony, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Houston Grand Opera, The San Antonio Symphony and The Houston Ballet Orchestra. He is the former Principal oboist of The Sun Valley Summer Symphony and The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and is presently Principal oboist of The Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. His summer activities include performing and teaching at The Grand Teton Festival, The Texas Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, and The Aspen Music Festival and School.
His former students hold positions in many orchestras and universities in the U.S., as well as orchestras in South America, Israel and Switzerland.