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First Name: John
Last Name: Minsker
Bio: John Minsker, oboe, was born on January 23, 1912 in Charleston, West Virginia. John Minsker began studying the violin as a pupil of Franz Kneisel and performed in the National High School Orchestra in 1926. In 1929 he began oboe study with George Crumb, Sr. John entered the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Marcel Tabuteau in 1931, but left before graduating to play English horn in the Detroit Symphony in 1934. In 1936 he was named solo English horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, conductor, a position he held with great distinction for 25 years. Mr. Minsker held teaching positions at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, the Philadelphia Conservatory, the New School of Music, and was appointed to the Marcel Tabuteau Chair for Woodwind Studies at Curtis, a position he held from 1979-1985.
Source: Journal of the IDRS 26 (1998)