Currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, Hilary Hobbs studies with Andrew Adelson, Second Oboe and English Horn of the New Jersey Symphony. She earned both her Master of Music (2019) and Bachelor of Music (2017) degrees in Oboe Performance at The Ohio State University, studying under Professor Robert Sorton, former Assistant Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Other influential teachers include Peter Cooper and Jason Lichtenwalter, both of the Colorado Symphony, during her studies at the 2019 Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado, and Guido Ghetti, Principal Oboe at the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa, through her participation in the 2018 International Music Mastercourses Festival in Cividale, Italy. Additionally, Hilary has performed in master classes for Nathan Hughes, Dwight Parry, Jeffrey Rathbun, Robert Walters and David Ottensamer.
At the 2021 Fresh Inc. Festival, Hilary performed in the premieres of two brand new chamber works by Laura Conti and Leaha Maria Villarreal. In 2018, Hilary was invited to perform at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) conference in Granada, Spain with the Buckeye Double Reed Ensemble. Her woodwind quartet was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2019 Rocky Ridge Seminar Chamber Music Competition, and she won the annual Ohio State University School of Music’s Concerto Competition in 2018.
Hilary has enjoyed performing in numerous local ensembles, orchestras, universities and churches in both Ohio and New Jersey. She maintains her own reed making business and teaches private lessons to young aspiring oboists.