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Roger Roe

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music (Oboe, English Horn)

Contact Information:

rroe@indiana.edu

Merrill Hall, MU104A

Department

Woodwinds

Education
  • M.M., Master of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1992
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Southern Methodist University, 1990
Biography

Roger Roe is adjunct associate professor of oboe and English horn at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Active as a performer in chamber, recital, and orchestral settings, he has served as English horn and assistant principal oboe of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) for 20 years, following positions with the orchestras of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Charleston, S.C. His many students have gone on from IU to perform in orchestras and other ensembles around the world as well as to careers in many other fields.

Roe has appeared as soloist with the ISO and other orchestras on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn as well as narrator and creative director for children’s concerts. In recent years, he has played chamber music concerts in locations as far-flung as Israel and Bulgaria in addition to recitals and master classes around the United States. 

He champions new music for oboe and English horn, having premiered several new pieces and commissioned new works. He is also interested in theatricality and improvisation in music and other arts as well as the intersection of music and spirituality, enjoying recent collaborations with ministers, rabbis, dancers, actors, singers, poets, and others on various liturgical and scholarly projects.

Roe is a native Texan and graduate of Arts Magnet High School, Southern Methodist University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major teachers included Eric Barr and the legendary John Mack.