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First Name: Ray
Last Name: Still
Bio: Growing up in Los Angeles, Ray Still's first instrument was the clarinet. He and Mitchell Lurie studied with the same teacher, Antonio Raimondi. At the age of 13, Mr. Still began his "love affair" with the oboe. He later went on to attend the Juilliard School as a student of Robert Bloom. His early career included positions in the Buffalo and Baltimore Orchestras, and, in 1953, he was named assistant principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony, moving to principal the following year. His 40-year career spans tenures of conductors from Fritz Reiner to Daniel Barenboim. Mr. Still performed at the very first IDRS conference at the University of Michigan in 1971. In addition to his position as professor of music at Northwestern University, Mr. Still has been extremely active, nationally and internationally, through his many recordings, master classes, and the legacy of his students who continue to hold many important oboe positions in orchestras and music schools around the world.
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)