Allison Rubin
Music and Music Education
Areas of Expertise


M.M., Yale University

Allison Rubin

Artist in Residence

Oboist Allison Rubin received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School (New York Philharmonic Scholarship recipient) and her Master of Music degree from Yale (Merit Scholarship recipient). She has performed in prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. Ms. Rubin has performed with the New Jersey Pops Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, West Point Concert Band, Bronx Opera Company, Kairos Consort, Esopus Chamber Orchestra (principal), Woodstock Chamber Orchestra (principal), Ars Choralis (principal), Pheonicia Festival of the Voice (principal), Putnam Chorale orchestra (principal), Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (principal), Northern Dutchess Symphony (principal), Belleayre Festival Orchestra (principal) and Bronx Chamber Orchestra (principal). Ms. Rubin is principal oboist for Bard College’s Conducting Institute under the direction of Harold Farberman. She has performed as a soloist with Bronx Chamber Orchestra (Copland’s Quiet City), Woodstock Chamber Orchestra (Handel g minor Oboe Concerto) and the Kairos Consort chamber orchestra (Albinoni d minor Oboe Concerto).

Allison has studied with legendary oboists Lois Wann, Ronald Roseman, John Ferillo and Bert Lucarelli. She has participated in master classes with John Mack, Elaine Douvas, Luciano Berio and the New York Woodwind Quintet. Chosen by her mentor Lois Wann, Allison performed in Bert Lucarelli’s “100th Anniversary of the Modern Oboe Celebration” at Carnegie Hall. Though classically trained, Allison is an extremely versatile artist, as she founded a klezmer band called the Klezmerites who performed throughout NY and CT. She has performed and recorded with the likes of jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, guitarist Simon Wynberg, violin/violist Yeou-Cheng Ma, Tokyo String Quartet’s first violinist Martin Beaver and magnificent pop singer Natalie Merchant. As an active chamber musician in the Hudson Valley, Allison has performed with the Hartwick College Faculty Wind Quintet, Woodstock Wind Trio, Bella Winds Quintet and Madera Vox. Allison recently recorded the soundtrack for the film “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” featuring Catherine Keener, Jane Fonda, and Chace Crawford (2011). In Kathryn Potter’s composition “100 Flowers” (2012), 100 pieces are portrayed for oboe or English horn solo. Kathryn Potter chose to write one of the compositions for Allison. As noted on the composer’s April 20, 2011 blog: “I’m composing a Purple Iris for Allison Rubin who is also an ‘oboe daughter of Lois Wann’ and a gorgeous player.”

As a dedicated oboe and chamber music instructor, Allison has taught at various music schools and summer programs including the Children’s Orchestra Society (LI), Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (LI), New York State Summer Music Festival (Hartwick College), Norwalk Youth Symphony (CT), Dutchess County Community College (Poughkeepsie), Sylvan Academy of Music, Montclair Kimberly Academy (NJ), New York Conservatory for the Arts (Hurley), Mountain Laurel Waldorf School (New Paltz), and Empire State Youth Orchestra (Albany). Allison has judged competitions and juries for many music organizations including the Long Island Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, Usdan Center Merit Auditions, Empire State Youth Orchestra and the Children’s Orchestra Society Discovery Competition. She has appeared as a guest speaker at The Juilliard School to speak on the topic of successful careers in music, and she is an active regional interviewer for Yale University as a member of the Alumni Schools Committee. In 2004, Allison was featured in New York Newsday’s profile of the week, highlighting her dedication to music and arts education. With specialties in oboe, english horn, oboe d’amore and reed making, she maintains her private oboe teaching studio in Saugerties. For Allison’s performance schedule and music samples, visit

In addition to Hartwick College, she teaches oboe at Bard College.