When the BPO's new season begins Sept. 17, there will be several new faces onstage. The BPO has recently hired a principal oboe, a second oboe and a section French horn. Each was chosen through an international audition process.
Hundreds of musicians from all over the world submitted resumes. A number of these applicants were invited to Buffalo to audition in a blind process, in which applicants perform behind a curtain for panel of judges, identified only by a number until a winner is chosen.
Henry Ward will become the orchestra's new principal oboe. He is a native of Philadelphia and has served as acting principal oboe with the BPO since January. He earned his bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory, followed by graduate studies at Roosevelt University. He previously served as acting associate principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand), and was a fellow with the New World Symphony.
Joshua Lauretig will be the new second oboe. Lauretig is a native of Ohio, and a 2016 graduate of Curtis School of Music. Throughout school, he maintained an active performance career, serving as substitute second oboe for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in January 2015, and performing with the orchestras of the Sarasota Music Festival and Moritzburg Festival Academy. He was also on the substitute list for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Sheryl Lynn Hadeka will become the orchestra's newest member of the French horn section, and the sole woman in the Buffalo Philharmonic's brass section. Hadeka is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and earned her master's in music from Southern Methodist University. Since 2014, she has been the associate principal horn at the Omaha Symphony, and has also held horn positions at the New Mexico Philharmonic, Tuscon Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic. She has also taught at Loyola University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of music director JoAnn Falletta, presents more than 100 concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra's home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with a reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the U.S.
During Falletta's tenure, the BPO has rekindled its history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 37 new recordings on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. For more information about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.bpo.org.