Cathy Weinfield-Zell

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Artist Associate in Oboe

Bernhard Music Center

Described as an “arresting” (Boston Globe) and “strikingly beautiful” (Miami Herald) musician, Catherine Weinfield-Zell is a busy performer and teacher in the New England area and beyond. A resident of Boston since 2016, Ms. Weinfield-Zell served as second Oboe and English Horn with the Florida Grand Opera in Miami, FL from 2012-2016. From 2009-2013, she held the position of both Assistant Principal Oboe and principal English Horn with the Honolulu (now Hawaii) Symphony and the Hawaii Opera Theater. Ms. Weinfield-Zell has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the San Diego and Charleston Symphonies, the Portland Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the new-music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Orchestra at Indian Hill, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Lyric and Odyssey Opera Companies, and Emmanuel Music. Additionally, she has also performed at the Strings, Lake George, Opera in the Ozarks, Breckenridge, Spoleto FestivalUSA, Aspen, Sitka, Alaska, Kent/Blossom, and Britten-Pears Aldeburgh World Orchestra Music Festivals.

As a dedicated teacher, Ms. Weinfield-Zell has been the Artist Associate in Oboe and principal oboe of the Berkshire Symphony at Williams College since Fall, 2019. Additionally, she is faculty at both Phillips Exeter Academy and the Brookline Music School.

She is the also the co-founder with her husband, percussionist Michael Weinfield-Zell, of Music at the Substation, a chamber music series affiliated with the Turtle Swamp Brewery, and held in an historic, 100 year old electric substation in Boston. MA.

Ms. Weinfield-Zell’s principal teachers include Elaine Douvas at Mannes College of Music in New York City, John Mack and Frank Rosenwein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Ray Still at Northwestern University.