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Katherine Needleman (born May 14, 1978) is the principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2003 and a professor of Oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music since 2022.[1][2]


She is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and later studied under Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, graduating at age twenty. She was the first prize winner of the Gillet-Fox International Oboe Competition of the International Double Reed Society in 2003. Needleman served on the oboe faculty of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University from 2005 to 2020. In addition to playing in the Baltimore Symphony, Needleman is one of the founding members of Mico Nonet as well as Trio La Milpa.[3]

In 2019, she filed a harassment and discrimination complaint against concertmaster Jonathan Carney.[4]

Needleman was appointed to the oboe faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2022, succeeding her teacher Richard Woodhams.[5]


  1. ^ Smith, Tim (January 16, 2016). "BSO principal oboist Katherine Needleman soars through Rouse concerto". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  2. ^ Downey, Charles T. (January 15, 2016). "BSO debut of 'Oboe Concerto' bursts with trills and colors". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Rasicot, Julie (April 10, 2008). "Baltimore Orchestra Creates Symphony for All Ages". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Baltimore Symphony musician makes harassment complaint against concertmaster". The Strad. September 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Dobrin, Peter. "Curtis Institute taps orchestras of Philly and Baltimore for new faculty". Retrieved May 16, 2022.