Katherine Needleman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Competition. She is a member of the conservatory faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to numerous solo appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, she has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. She has been guest principal oboe with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, and New Zealand.
She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Woodhams, and has also studied a number of summers at Marlboro Music Festival. She was previously principal oboe of the Richmond Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.