Elaine Douvas

Faculty, Interlochen Oboe Institutes

Principal Oboe, Metropolitan Opera; Oboe Instructor and Woodwind Department Chairman, The Juilliard School; Artist-Faculty, Aspen Music Festival and School

Cleveland Institute of Music; Interlochen Arts Academy

Elaine Douvas is an institution in the oboe world, having served more than thirty years as Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and Oboe Instructor at The Juilliard School, where she is also Chairman of its Woodwind Department. In the summers, she is an Artist-Faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her devotion to teaching includes instructing at the Mannes College of Music, the Bard College Conservatory, twenty years of intensive one-week seminars at Interlochen (MI), Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Hidden Valley Seminars in Carmel, CA, and master classes in Beijing, Shanghai, and London. Her students hold positions in numerous orchestras and universities, and her three albums of demonstration and written commentary for Music Minus One are used across the country.  Her career highlights include the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, James Levine conducting. Her CDs comprise a solo recital for Boston Records, Pleasure is the Law by her quartet of the same name, and Oboe Divas on the Oboe Classics label. Douvas trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her first job was principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony at the age of 21. For many years she has devoted her spare time to figure skating and has passed eleven USFSA tests.