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Curtis in the News: William Welter (’16) to Join Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboe

Recent Curtis alumnus is one of the youngest musicians ever named to a first-chair position with the orchestra

Curtis congratulates alumnus William Welter (’16) who was recently appointed principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO)!

Mr. Welter attended Curtis from 2012 to 2016 and studied with Richard Woodhams (’68), longtime principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

According to John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune, Welter will begin a probationary period with the CSO in September 2018. He previously performed with the orchestra in March and June of this year as part of the rigorous selection process.

Mr. Welter carries on the celebrated legacy of the Curtis woodwind department, and joins fellow alumnus and former classmate Keith Buncke (’14), who has served as principal basson of the CSO since 2015.

Read von Rhein’s full article in the Chicago Tribune here.

William Welter