Beth Orson has played Assistant Principal Oboe and English horn with the Vancouver Symphony since 1990. She teaches on the faculties of the UBC School of Music, National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO), and the VSO Institute at Whistler as well as maintaining a private studio at home. Active as a chamber musician, Ms. Orson has performed with the VSO Chamber Players, the Turning Point Ensemble, at UBC on the Noon-Hour Recital Series and at NYO with her faculty colleagues. Principal Oboe of the NY Symphonic Ensemble from 1988-2005, she completed 19 tours to Japan with this renowned chamber orchestra, performing in every major concert hall in Japan often as oboe soloist.
As an English horn player, Ms. Orson has been featured soloist at the VSO in works by Bramwell Tovey, James MacMillan, Brian Cherney, Rodney Sharman, Copland and Sibelius. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Orson’s principal teachers were Laurence Thorstenberg, James Caldwell, and Elaine Douvas. Before moving to Vancouver, Ms. Orson worked as a freelance musician in New York City where she regularly performed with the orchestras of the Metropolitan & New York City Operas, the Orchestra of St.Luke’s, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and on Broadway.