Melissa Hooper has been the Assistant Principal Oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2014. In addition to maintaining her private studio, Ms. Hooper is a faculty member at The Catholic University of America and a visiting instructor at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She has given masterclasses at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Hidden Valley Music Seminars Master Class Series in Carmel Valley, California.
A devoted orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Hooper has performed with the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and as guest principal oboist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony. Ms. Hooper joined musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a concert by the National Chamber Players in 2019. She also frequently performs on the Chamber Music by Candlelight concert series with her colleagues from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Hooper received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2012, where she studied with Elaine Douvas. Before winning her current position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Hooper began a Masters degree at the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Rebecca Henderson. A seventh-generation Texan, Melissa Hooper is a native of Portland, Texas. When she is away from the reed desk, Ms. Hooper enjoys baking and recreating her favorite Tex-Mex dishes at her home in Baltimore.