Our Artists

Sarah Southard, oboe

Dr. Sarah Southard is the oboe instructor at Hope College, a member of the Holland and Midland Symphony Orchestras, and oboist in the Hope College Faculty and Staff chamber group, “Trio Sospiro.” The trio has been part of several commissions and has performed at both the International Double Reed Society and National Flute Association conferences. In the fall of 2017, Sarah had the pleasure of teaching at Michigan State University while her former teacher, Jan Eberle, was on sabbatical.

As an active performer, Sarah also plays regularly with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, and the Free @ 3 Concert Series in Holland. Sarah has additionally had the pleasure of performing with groups such as the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (NY), the New World Symphony Orchestra (FL), the Cincinnati Symphony Opera Orchestra (OH), and the Madison Symphony and Chamber Orchestras (WI).

Additional teaching experience includes positions held at Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan-Flint, Northern Kentucky University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts All-State Orchestra and All-State Band.

Southard received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University with oboist Jan Eberle, her Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Mark Ostoich, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying with Marc Fink.