An active freelance musician based out of Vancouver, Marea Chernoff is principal oboe with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs with various orchestras and ensembles. Part of her orchestral work has included the opportunity to perform several oboe solos and concertos. Marea has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Broadway Across Canada, Lions Gate Sinfonia, Okanagan Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, Ballet B.C., and the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra. She has also performed in chamber and orchestral concerts featured on CBC Radio.
Involved in early music and historical performance on Baroque oboe and recorder, Marea regularly performs with Victoria Baroque. She has also performed with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Early Music Alberta among other groups. Marea is an avid chamber musician, as a member of Vancouver based Ad Mare Wind Quintet and Cascadia Reed Quintet. She regularly performs in recitals and school shows in the lower mainland and around the province with these ensembles.
A longtime dedicated educator, Marea is currently on the oboe faculty at the University of British Columbia and Capilano University, as well as the oboe and recorder faculty at Douglas College and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. She is frequently called upon as a clinician and coach including the University of British Columbia Early Music Baroque Orchestral Mentorship Program.
In 2019, Marea created the Recorder Program at the VSO School of Music including ensembles, technique classes and workshops in-person and online. She has taught online recorder classes for the American Recorder Society, and lead/conducted monthly playing meetings for the North American Virtual Recorder Society, Atlanta Recorder Society and BC Recorder Society.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Marea holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music, and a Master of Music degree in Performance from Boston University, elected to the Phi Kappa Lambda music honour society. Marea continues to pursue her education in historical performance attending workshops and summer academies including the International Baroque Institute at Longy School of Music (Boston), American Baroque Soloists Academy (San Francisco), Berwick Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Baroque Summer Intensive Program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.